Clash of the Gods

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Docudrama sheds light on the Greek gods' gritty origins.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Sending a positive (or negative) message really isn't the point of this show, but it does present heroic acts in a positive light and shows the result of negative actions like philandering, treachery, and dishonesty.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The gods' behavior is complex, and good and evil aren't necessarily black and white. Zeus, for one, vanquishes the ruling Titans and frees his siblings from imprisonment in their father's stomach (yes, stomach -- he had swallowed them). But once he's in power, he swallows one of his own wives and wears disguises to trick women into sleeping with him.

Violence

Gods and goddesses wage war against their enemies with spears and bows and enlist the services of otherworldy allies -- including cyclops and the so-called "hundred handers" -- that are pretty scary-looking. Cannibalism is mentioned.

Sex

It's not a major focus, but depending on the story, things can get a little steamy. Zeus, for example, had an "an uncontrollable sex drive," "an endless string of sexual partners," and "liked the ladies." A lot. (He had upwards of 100 conquests.) Some gods and goddesses also produced children through incestuous relationships, specifically brothers mating with sisters.

Language

Occasional (and generally academic) use of words like "hell," "damned," and "bitch."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this educational series offers up fascinating tidbits about the origins of the mythical Greek gods -- a popular subject among many tweens. But along with that information comes stylized depictions of violence and monsters that could scare younger children, as well as matter-of-fact references to sex (including incest between brothers and sisters). When it comes to messages and role modeling, it's a draw: Most of the gods are complex characters who engage in a mix of good and bad behavior, but there are certainly heroes among them.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPeterM November 5, 2011

Superb Faithful Presentation

The 10 episodes provide faithful re-telling of mostly Greek myths. There are unambiguous references to violence (including cannibalism) and sexual misconduct (i... Continue reading
Parent Written byPlague December 3, 2009

Clash of the Gods

I am a huge fan of this show, as I have a major interest in greek and norse Gods/Religion. I watch this show with my son all time, who also has a great interest... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old June 12, 2017

Great Show, But Way Too Violent

WAY TOO VIOLENT, WAY TOO VIOLENT, WAY TOO VIOLENT, WAY TOO VIOLENT, WAY TOO VIOLENT, WAY TOO VIOLENT, WAY TOO VIOLENT, WAY TOO VIOLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... Continue reading

What's the story?

Employing visually arresting imagery and computer animation, CLASH OF THE GODS explores the roots of Greek mythology, devoting each episode to a different god, goddess, or demi-god. The series rounds up both familiar and unfamiliar tales featuring well-known names from the ancient world -- including Zeus, Hades, and Hercules -- and leans heavily on facts and opinions from academic experts.

Is it any good?

For those who know little or nothing about the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece, this series is a great place to start. Thanks to complex characters and weighty themes -- including love,  revenge, and murder -- the action clips along at a steady pace and has the feel of a thinking person's soap opera. The producers also take care to make the production look as interesting as the information it presents, and their work pays off with a highly watchable program.

All of that said, the sex references and violence can get a little bit edgy for tweens -- who are often fascinated by stories of the mythical Greek and Roman gods. If you have a tween myth enthusiast in your house, you might want to preview an episode before giving the all clear.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the relative importance of violence and sex in ancient myths. Does ancient Greece seem inherently more violent or more sexual than our modern culture?

  • How did myths help ancient people explain otherwise unexplainable events like death, destruction, and epidemic illness? What role did religion play in shaping culture and national identity?

TV details

  • Premiere date: August 3, 2009
  • Network: History
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming

For kids who love myths

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