A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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 ...
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?
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