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TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
Hilda TV Poster Image
Whimsical books-based show celebrates adventure, friendship.
 Parents recommend

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 7 reviews

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.


Positive Messages

Hilda's sense of curiosity inspires many adventures in which she befriends unusual creatures and makes amazing discoveries. Series is rooted in fantasy, but even so, Hilda has freedoms to meet strangers and travel widely that kids typically don't have. Strong themes of friendship, especially looking past what makes others different from you and finding out what makes them similar.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Hilda is joyful, adventurous, outgoing. She is kind to everyone, actively looks for ways to make friends and build bridges. She is undeterred by differences between herself and others, which endears her to everyone.


Violence & Scariness

Some peril befalls Hilda and her friends (falling off cliffs, tumbling down mountains, etc.), but no one is ever hurt.

Sexy Stuff

Inspired by a book series by Luke Pearson.


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hilda is an animated series based on the same-named graphic novels by Luke Pearson. The main character is a kindhearted human girl (voiced by Bella Ramsey) who meets and befriends many unusual creatures, including elves, trolls, and giants. She helps them solve problems and acts as a mediator of sorts when there are misunderstandings. Hilda is the show's best quality, but it also benefits from curious characters, exceptionally matched storytelling and animation, and an endearing world of fantasy.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bypetra_ste March 5, 2019

A cocktail between Calvin & Hobbes and Coraline

This is a charming animated series with great animation, voice acting and music and also positive messages. The protagonist is a little girl, Hilda, who is impu... Continue reading
Adult Written byMJB2014 September 25, 2018

Lovely show but too scary for little kids

This is a beautifully animated show with exciting storylines and positive messages but it is too scary for young children. I would recommend this show for 9+ on... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byPixelwren September 25, 2018

Adorable Fantasy Show!

With adorable animations, cute characters, adventure, and time outside, I’d recommend this show to any kid or even parent! It’s cute, positive, and happy! I can... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written by17deadfish October 10, 2018

Great animation, great story, and great morals!

This show is among one of the best cartoon shows on Netflix. It can have slightly dark themes at times, but its nothing that an 8 year old (or older) can't... Continue reading

What's the story?

In HILDA, the main character (voiced by Bella Ramsey) is a young girl who finds all kinds of adventures among the elves, trolls, and giants nearby the secluded woodland home she shares with her mom (Daisy Haggard). But when the two of them pull up stakes and relocate to the town of Trolberg, Hilda discovers that even bigger adventures -- and more surprising new friends -- await her there.

Is it any good?

The beloved graphic novel series adapts beautifully to the screen in this whimsical fantasy about a gregarious girl who thrives on experiencing new things. Hilda's is a world where mountains awaken from eons-long naps to become giants once again, and elven communities have strict rules about who can and cannot see them. Rotund furry creatures fly in the sky like birds, and sun-sensitive trolls are turned to stone. There are surprises around every corner in this surreal place.

What also abounds here are gentle storytelling and sweet themes of tolerance and friendship. Hilda is decidedly unrushed, with music filling pauses in dialogue and characters (especially Hilda) extending kindness to others at every opportunity. Its delightful animation draws heavily on the books for inspiration and matches well the story's roots in magic and fantasy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Hilda's fantasy world compares to the real one. Are there aspects of Hilda's experiences that are similar to your own? What place does fantasy have in entertainment? How does seeing a different perspective through the eyes of a TV character influence how you view the world?

  • Kids: What accounts for Hilda's eagerness to befriend the many creatures and people she meets? Is she ever hesitant because they look or act differently from her? How do stereotypes affect how we relate to new people? Are all stereotypes inherently bad, or are there instances in which they can be helpful?

  • Do this story and these characters transition well from book to screen? How might Hilda be received if it was live action instead of animated? What other book characters do you enjoy seeing in TV shows or movies? Which haven't made the jump but in your opinion should?

  • How does Hilda display curiosity? Why do you think this is an important character strength

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