Parents' Guide to

Dungeons & Dragons

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Dated swords'n'sorcery cartoon series pumps up teamwork.

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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Corny 80's humor

I watched a couple episodes with my Dad last year, we enjoyed the corny humor and themes, being big D&D players ourselves. D&D is an amazing game to get into. I got into it about 3.5 years ago, in 4th grade.

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This series was originally developed as a companion to the popular role-playing game of the same name, and its efforts to fit into the D&D structure is now, decades later, somewhat limiting. People who remember the game will know why the mysterious guide is named Dungeon Master (the term for the person who guided players through the games -- a laborious task long since handed over to computers), but today it might seem confusing -- there really aren't many dungeons on the series. And why does Dungeon Master make such a big deal about each character's specialized type? The answer is because these classes were very important in the game, but they don't add very much to plot here.

Because it is explicitly linked to a game that is no longer popular, the series is dated. Elements that made sense to gamers then may not make sense to kids who are now unfamiliar with the conventions of the original game. Without that connection, the show seems like just another old TV series with standard villains, predictable plots, and so-so animation. It could have nostalgia value for adults with fond memories of playing, or watching, Dungeons & Dragons, but is unlikely to win new fans.

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