Hotel Transylvania: The Series

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Fast-paced, funny, and just spooky enough for young kids.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

A teen's efforts to prove her responsibility are central to the show (although the mayhem that ensues is a powerful argument to the contrary). Ultimately things always work out for Mavis, even if it's in spite of her efforts rather than because of them. She has friends she can rely on, friends that she supports wholeheartedly. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mavis takes advantage of a lack of adult supervision by having all kinds of unchecked fun with her friends, resulting in situations that wouldn't fly in the real world but have minimal consequence -- and maximum entertainment value -- in hers. On the plus side, she's a creative thinker who never backs down from a challenge and always manages to find a unique solution to her problems. On the other side, she does so by hiding much of what goes on from her stern aunt and guardian.


Violence & Scariness

Lots of cartoon-style violence with little consequence since the characters are monsters. There are decapitations that don't stick, body explosions that quickly remedy themselves, and the occasional lobotomy just for laughs. Aunt Lydia erupts into flames when she's angry, and she often torches her pet chicken (again, it doesn't last) in frustration. Monsters of all different persuasions exist in the cast, but they're not really scary. Body humor like slime and the eating of animal feces are played for laughs.


Sexy Stuff

The show precedes the popular Hotel Transylvania movies in its story.


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hotel Transylvania: The Series offers more kid-friendly monster comedy for those who aren't quite ready for actual scary beings. The story is set prior to events in the movies, seeing a slightly younger Mavis taking charge of the hotel while her father is away at the vampire council. Her monster pals are a motley crew but are rarely scary, but her Aunt Lydia (Dracula's sister) frequently bursts into flames in fits of rage or frustration. Expect some accidents that would seem to cause harm but don't because of the monsters' unique characteristics (Wendy Blob recovers quickly from being splattered against a wall, for instance), and some potty humor about poop and other bodily functions.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byToooldforthis July 9, 2020

Devoid of educational or entertainment value

My 5yo child wanted to try this series. Since we both really enjoyed the film's, I thought this might be good too. Not funny, not entertaining, no teachabl... Continue reading
Adult Written byBryant Almonte-Alday August 4, 2017

The only show that looks similar to "Star vs. the Forces of Evil". (Now with some comedy violence!)

Some younger kids under 8 might find Lydia's frightening face when she's angry harder to watch. I think that Mavis (cartoon version) looks a little si... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old September 16, 2020

I don't really recommend it for under ten.

Who else noticed that the show is intense for very young kids (6 or younger) and there is brief gore. Amazing.
Kid, 8 years old August 16, 2020

What's the story?

With her famous father away, Mavis (voiced by Bryn McAuley) is left in charge of the hotel in HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: THE SERIES. She and her friends Wendy (Evany Rosen), Hank (Gage Munroe), and Pedro (Joseph Motiki) love having fun and always manage to find some kind of mischief to keep them occupied, all the while trying to steer clear of Mavis's Aunt Lydia (Dan Chameroy) and her fiery temper.


Is it any good?

The endearing tale of Dracula's teenage daughter continues (or rather starts, as it's a prequel to the movies) in this lighthearted series that's consistently entertaining. That Mavis is impulsive and naïve makes sense, given that she's younger than she first appeared in Hotel Transylvania, and even more prone to hair-brained ideas and impossible predicaments. Again, the story's friendly and comical monsters are a fun choice for kids who are in between innocuous cartoons and actual scares.

Hotel Transylvania: The Series has a frantic pace and constant action that wear after a while, and the animation style is a little lackluster after the style of the movies. Kids won't care, though, as they'll be far too caught up in the fun of it all. As for content, Aunt Lydia's recurring self-combustion is as violent as things get, so there's no cause for concern for most kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what aspects, if any, of Hotel Transylvania: The Series are scary. How does the show's constant humor and silliness influence how you perceive the monsters? Does that always work?  

  • Is it sometimes fun to be scared? How do you cope with being scared in real life?

  • Is Mavis a good role model? In what ways does she demonstrate responsibility, compassion, and other character strengths?

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