Parents' Guide to

His Dark Materials

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fantasy adaptation has strong cast; violence, child danger.

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age 11+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 11+

age 12+

Spot-on adaptation of the books

This adaptation is amazing. We read book 1 aloud as a family. We were disappointed by the movie adaptation, but this series is spot on! The characters are wonderful and complex, the story is also complex but can be followed by older kids. There are a lot of heavy themes, kids being harmed by adults, a whole organization set out to kill the main character. But Lyra and Will are such strong, fearless, honest characters, that you almost feel strength while watching them. My 9 and 11 year olds love it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This series presents a complicated story that viewers unfamiliar with the popular (and controversial) books may have a tough time following. Fans of the story world will find that significant pieces of the books' plot are missing, and other parts are shifted around, no doubt in an attempt to make His Dark Materials more TV-friendly. But Keen's performance is strong, and the robust cast, which includes the likes of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anne-Marie Duff, and Game of Thrones star James Cosmo, is worth investing in. The series' visual elements, including the physical daemons that play such an important role in the story, are also exceptional. His Dark Materials isn't the perfect adaptation of a successful book, but it does offer some magical moments that viewers can hold on to.

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