Camelot

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Guilty-pleasure soap injects sex into Arthurian legend.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Loyalty, honor, and allegiance are the central tenants of King Arthur's rule. But those themes play out against an opposing message of ruthlessness and revenge.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Heroes and villains are clearly depicted. While Arthur and his supporters have positive aims to erect an honest kingdom of goodness and light, his enemies are shockingly ruthless in their pursuit of ultimate power.

Violence

Gruesome deaths are rarely accidental, resulting from murder and hand-to-hand combat. Blood is used for dramatic effect, but it isn't over the top. Allusions to rape.

Sex

Graphic depictions of simulated sex, gratuitous nudity (more female than male), and some sexual violence.

Language

Unbleeped swearing includes "f--k." Other insults like "whore," "bitch," etc.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking and occasional drunkenness.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this pay-cable period drama takes broad liberties with the Arthurian legend, using violence, graphic sex, and nudity to keep the familiar plot interesting. There's also strong, unbleeped language (including "f--k") and social drinking, typically shown in conjunction with bacchanalian, post-battle celebrations.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymikaylalwrites July 7, 2019

Honestly...

I watched nearly the whole thing at 17. I really like Jamie Campbell Bower (Arthur) as Jace Wayland (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), Anthony Hope (Swee... Continue reading
Adult Written bySadman July 16, 2017

Sex substitutes for plot

A lot of people believe that Starz has a rule that all its shows must contain sex scenes, regardless of whether they're necessary. I don't know whethe... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 15, 2016

Bad

I could not stand 5 minutes of this show I am never watching this show ever do not let ur kids watch it until their like 17-18 is disgusting my mom will never l... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 9, 2014

fantastic! not for kids tho...

high sexual references and I mean really graphic! Jamie bower plays his role perfectly! not something for kids more older ages (15 and older) I love the series... Continue reading

What's the story?

When the British throne is left vacant in the wake of King Uther's sudden death, Merlin the sorcerer (Joseph Fiennes) steps forward and uncovers a long-kept secret: The king actually had a son named Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower), who's now the rightful heir to the crown. But installing a brash, young twentysomething as the once and future king of CAMELOT is no easy task, considering Arthur's treacherously beautiful half-sister, Morgan (Eva Green), is determined to seize power for herself.

Is it any good?

Whether a seductress is sporting an on-trend smoky eye or a villain is declaring "f--k this," Camelot isn’t aiming for historical accuracy. (And, yes, both things actually happen in the first episode.) But for all of its technical shortcomings, Camelot plays just fine as escapist fantasy fare for willing adults whose only expectations are to be entertained. Oh, and parents, be warned: This is nothing like The Sword in the Stone.

Of course, it hardly feels like a coincidence that the virtual unknown who plays King Arthur looks remarkably like Jonathan Rhys Meyers, whose petulant portrayal of a young Henry VIII helped propel Showtime’s sexually charged costume drama The Tudors into must-see territory. And although Fiennes isn't the Merlin we've come to expect -- there's no pointy hat or long, wispy beard to speak of -- his performance makes it pretty clear that he's in on the joke.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the original King Arthur legend and the liberties this series takes with the source material. Does adding sex and violence to an otherwise noble story damage its integrity, or merely make it popular for a new generation?

  • Is it important for a period drama to be historically accurate in term of costumes, characters, and language? How does this series measure up in terms of getting the details right?

  • How does this take on the King Arthur tale compare with other popular depictions of the legend in television and film? Do you think it's OK for older teens to watch?

TV details

For kids who love fantasy

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