TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Sometimes-scary fantasy is a mash-up of monsters and myths.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Major themes include the importance of family, friendship, and teamwork. Honor tends to win out over evil.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jason is a loyal and sympathetic character, and he and his new ancient friends make obvious attempts to do the right thing -- and they usually succeed.


Fantasy violence includes encounters with monsters and mythical creatures, a few of which are pretty scary. Weapons are pulled, and there's hand-to-hand combat but minimal bloodletting.


Light sexual innuendo with occasional romantic subplots.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Allusions to drunkenness but no real on-screen activity.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Atlantis -- while it's based on ancient myths and historical characters -- takes a lot of dramatic liberties when it comes to the facts, so it's best to take its plot lines with a grain of salt. The violence is fantasy-grade, so you'll see some scary monsters and mythical creatures along with characters who use weapons (although there's very little blood). You'll also find romantic subplots with light sexual innuendo and some allusions to drunkenness.

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byrakshq October 14, 2015

An intense drama based on the lost city of Atlantis by the creators of Merlin

I am giving the highest age rating because what CSM's own review does not tell you is that there are some very graphic torture scenes that I was very fazed... Continue reading
Adult Written byPat Jurgens May 30, 2019

No supposed good qualities negate the ugly violence

Read what reviewer rakshq wrote. Spot on. Why does anyone think it is healthy, positive, or fun to show nightmare-inducing dreams of people being tortured? H... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJiminyBillyBob2 April 14, 2020

The best

Violence every so often and some death. Good tv series
Teen, 13 years old Written byouat_reign_ March 12, 2019

Best show ever

I love this show, I was so sad when it ended. I started watching it when I was 8 and I was fine and my sister who is 8 now would be fine watching it if she want... Continue reading

What's the story?

When Jason (Jack Donnelly) jumps into a small submarine to look for clues to his missing father's whereabouts, he finds himself standing on the shores of ATLANTIS, an ancient city brimming with familiar names and fantastical creatures. But, while Jason's new friends Hercules (Mark Addy) and Pythagorus (Robert Emms) help him right wrongs all over town, he must continue his search for the truth about his origins.

Is it any good?

Judging from the special effects alone -- which, at times, are downright goofy -- Atlantis was clearly not intended to impress. But it was engineered to entertain families with older kids, and it pulls that off with reasonable success thanks to a trio of likable do-gooders, an ever-rotating stable of evildoers, and a much-needed splash of comedy.

Since Atlantis takes so many liberties with figures and facts, it's not the best place to go hunting for historical accuracy. For one thing, it has Hercules hanging out with Pythagoras (yes, the same guy who gave us that nifty theorem) and getting the hots for a yet-to-be-snake-haired Medusa, ignoring the fact that none of them ever would have known each other. But, on the upside, it just might inspire kids to do their own research and uncover a world that's rich in myth and fantasy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Greek myths and historical figures Atlantis is based on. How accurate is the show's take on ancient history? What are the downsides to taking creative liberties with actual events? What are the upsides?

  • How does fantasy violence compare to real violence? Does exposure to fantasy violence promote violent behavior in real life?

  • How does Atlantis compare to other movies and television series set in ancient times? In your opinion, is it a good "family show"?

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