A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Occasional (and generally academic) use of words like "hell," "damned," and "bitch."
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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.
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.
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