TV review by
Andrea Graham, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Dark, Gothic action cartoon is OK for tweens.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Friends stick together through thick and thin.

Violence & Scariness

Battles happen in every show, but they're mostly hand-to-hand, rather than with weapons. The gargoyles themselves might scare some kids.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this complex, character-heavy cartoon is about Gothic stone gargoyles that spring to life at night. It's fairly dark in nature: Hand-to-hand combat happens frequently, and the gargoyles are quite fierce looking and might scare some kids. That said, most episodes are centered around themes of civic duty, honor, and friendship.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byFreedomFromCens... August 14, 2009

My absolute favorite TV show, and one of Disney's best shows ever. This was before Disney channel turned into garbage.

This was probably Disney's most entertaining and edgy show they ever produced, and yet it has some of the best character development and storyline that I... Continue reading
Adult Written byMotorcitymull August 15, 2020

Great show! Strong plots and characters

I watched this when I was really young and it never scared me but it could scare young children. Rewatching it as an adult, it’s very enjoyable with complex plo... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byRockah12 June 7, 2012

Fantastic, but only for the appropriate ages

An interesting, well thought out series based on an intriguing mythology, this series is more for mature teens than anyone else. Most of the lines and story cou... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byThreeDaysGracesGirl November 3, 2010
OMFG this is the best show ever!
I want Disney to bring it back and bring back ToonDisney!!

What's the story?

Compared to Disney's many cartoons spun off from feature-length films, GARGOYLES stands out as a strong original series. Set in Manhattan, the show follows a group of gargoyles known as the Manhattan Clan as they patrol the skies of New York City, defending it from crime and corruption. Every night, the main characters -- Goliath (voiced by Keith David), Hudson (Ed Asner), Brooklyn (Jeff Bennett), and Bronx (Frank Welker) -- change from gothic statues into real live gargoyles. Partnered with NYPD cops Eliza Maza (Salli Richardson) and Matt Bluestone (Thomas F. Wilson), the Manhattan Clan helps protect NYC from the evil plans of billionaire David Xanatos (Jonathan Frakes) and enemy gargoyle clans.

Is it any good?

Gargoyles will appeal to tweens and up but may prove too scary for the younger set. That said, most of the show's violence is of the hand-to-hand combat variety seen in most superhero programs. Characters punch, kick, and throw each other off of buildings, but they don't use very many weapons.

Gargoyles is very well-written, with likable characters. The storylines are interesting and involve many mythical and historical references, including Anglo and Scots mythology and even some Shakespeare references (never a bad thing). Violence plays a part in every episode, but it's not graphic or over the top. Kids who are old enough to watch Gargoyles will very likely enjoy it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the gargoyles' efforts to maintain their close-knit clan. The relationships found within the gargoyle group are based on honor, honesty, and dedication; families can compare and contrast themes found in their own families and friendships. Why is it important to be honest to the people you care about? Have you ever been disappointed or hurt by a friend? How did you feel? What's the best way to react in that kind of situation?

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