House of Anubis

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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British mystery series is clean, positive fun for tweens.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 88 reviews

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

The show has empowering messages about the strength of teamwork and the sense of accomplishment to be found in seeing a challenge through to its end. The teens must use a variety of problem-solving tactics to unravel the mysterious clues they're given.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most teens display positive qualities like respect, responsibility, dependability, and an insatiable curiosity that keeps their interest in the mysteries. The cast is diverse. The downside is that the show’s plot twists mean that it’s not always easy to tell who’s being honest and sincere. At least one adult character is said to be a villain.

Violence & Scariness

No violence, but the story hinges on mysterious happenings and the unsolved disappearance of a teen. Tension runs high when spooky things happen (writing appears on walls, objects are knocked over by an unseen force, etc.).

Sexy Stuff

Teen crushes include some kissing and hand-holding, but overall the show puts these relationships in a positive light. There’s no giddiness or suggestive content, but rather a mature approach to dating from teens who care about and respect each other.

Language
Consumerism

The show is linked to a website that allows viewers to try to solve the story’s mysteries and offers additional clues that accompany those they see in each episode.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this mystery series offers a tween-friendly package of suspense and drama with little content to be concerned about. The teens provide good models of teamwork and respect, and their experiences with crushes, love triangles, and friendship struggles have some positive messages for tweens. There's a strong tie-in to the show’s website, so it’s a good idea to remind kids about your family's rules for Internet use before giving them the go-ahead.

User Reviews

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Parent Written bytarmale February 23, 2013

Love "House of Anubis"!

I personally love house of anubis! My 8 year old loves watching it and although can be a little scary at times I still find it tame. Clean cut kids who work t... Continue reading
Adult Written byanital December 14, 2013

Must watch

I love House of Anubis because it's unlike any other show for kids 9/10+. It has everything in it: mystery, suspense, drama, humor, and romance. I think th... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 3, 2011

lame

what a cheesy show.basic plot summary:a monster!*sees monster that doesnt look scary at all* seriously,stop producing cheesy live action shows nick
Teen, 13 years old Written by8rebel24 December 20, 2011

HOA is great for teens!

I'm 13, and I love this show. It's a mystery show about an American girl who gets a schlorship to a top British boarding school. She and her new frien... Continue reading

What's the story?

HOUSE OF ANUBIS is a teen drama that follows the mysterious happenings in a dormitory at a British boarding school. The story starts with the arrival of an American student, Nina (Nathalia Ramos), and the simultaneous disappearance of Joy (Klariza Clayton). Joy’s best friend, Patricia (Jade Ramsey), is suspicious of the newcomer, but Nina makes a fast friend of the studious Fabian (Brad Kavanagh). Joy’s disappearance also corresponds with eerie and unexplained events throughout the house, and a handful of students set out to find out what’s behind them. Meanwhile, Nina’s new acquaintance with an elderly woman named Sarah (Rita Davies), who lived in the House of Anubis when she was young, may hold the key to unraveling all of the mysteries.

Is it any good?

House of Anubis has a lot to offer the tween set, from age-appropriate chills to some positive models in its teen characters. The show is a good stepping stone to scarier mysteries for kids who are new to this kind of content, as its light-fare suspense isn’t likely to really scare viewers of this age. As for the teens themselves, they’re a pretty likable bunch, and they navigate the choppy waters of love triangles and friendship woes with a fair amount of grace.

Tweens who do tune in may be tempted by plugs to visit the show’s website to play games, read more about the show, and use clues from each episode to solve mysteries on the site. Parents can use this opportunity to talk to their kids about Internet safety and to reiterate their rules about Internet use. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship. Do you think all of the relationships in this show are realistic? How do they compare to your relationships with your peers?

  • Does this show scare you? How does it compare to other mystery series you’ve seen? Does the fact that it’s a British show change its tone? If so, how?

  • What are your family’s rules about the Internet? What sites do you visit frequently? Have you ever seen anything inappropriate on the Internet? What did you do?

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