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Legend of the Seeker



Fantasy series follows well-established model.
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Positive messages

As with many fantasy TV shows and movies, the main message here is that good will usually triumph over evil in the end, even if it takes a lot of time and pain for that to happen.

Positive role models

There's a very clear line between "good guys" and "bad guys." The good guys embrace temwork and fight for truth and justice, while the bad guys are willing to do whatever's necessary in their quest to rule the world --  including killing women and children, lying, attacking innocent/unarmed people, and even destroying entire villages.


Plenty of combat. People use swords, daggers, arrows, clubs, battle axes, and more, and most of the battles are fought to the death. The fight scenes can be exciting, with well-choreographed martial arts sequences, and though there's little gore, the show often features shots that make it clear when a swordsman has struck a mortal blow.


No sex or nudity, though there's a fair amount of sexual tension between Richard and Kahlan. Some female characters wear revealing outfits.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some meals involve wine.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this swords 'n' sorcery series follows the adventures of a young man (the titular Seeker) who discovers he's destined to become a hero. The bad guys are truly nasty, while the Seeker and his allies are obviously fighting for truth and justice. There's magic and monsters, wizards and fairies, and plenty of battles. The combat scenes are exciting and somewhat graphic, but there's little blood or gore despite the high casualty count. There's some sexual tension between the central characters, but not much in the way of action.

What's the story?

When Richard Cypher (Craig Horner) steps in to aid a mysterious woman who's fleeing from a gang of heavily armed soldiers, he has no idea the encounter will transform his life -- and potentially change the fate of an entire kingdom. The woman is Kahlan (Bridget Regan), who has ventured across a magical barrier in search of the Seeker, the man destined to overthrow the evil king Darken Rahl (Craig Parker). Both Kahlan and Richard are stunned when mysterious wizard Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander (Bruce Spence) reveals that Richard is the Seeker and that he must leave behind his simple life to accept his fate as a legendary hero.

Is it any good?


LEGEND OF THE SEEKER is the brainchild of Rob Tapert, who created a basic blueprint for swords 'n' sorcery TV shows with his two prior entries in the genre, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. Legend of the Seeker follows the same model, as Richard, Kahlan, and Zeddicus gather allies in their campaign to defeat Darken Rahl. There's plenty of action and excitement, a good bit of magic, and the occasional monster -- as well as a strong hint of mysticism as Richard gradually learns more about the prophecy that foretold his birth.

Based on Terry Goodkind's popular Sword of Truth novels, the series will satisfy fans of the fantasy genre. The fight scenes are exciting, the overarching story gives the characters enough background to be interesting, and the New Zealand locations are stunning. But it may not have broader appeal. The effects are merely adequate, the script sometimes has huge logic gaps, and the acting is spotty: Spence is a hoot as Zedd, but Parker's villainous Darken Rahl is an overacting cliché and Horner (who comes off like an excitable Mark Wahlberg) may have been selected more because he's easy on the eyes than for his acting chops. Legend of the Seeker doesn't break new ground, but it might be enough to satisfy people looking for a good swordfight and an evil overlord.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about destiny -- and how Richard rises to the one that the prophecy foretells for him. Do you think people's fates are predetermined?

  • Can people alter fate or escape their destiny? Why do such prophecies play such an important role in so many fantasy/sci-fi films and TV shows?

  • Why does this particular genre tend to inspire such love-it-or-hate-it reactions? What's the appeal of fantasy? Why might it turn some people off?

TV details

Premiere date:November 1, 2008
Cast:Bridget Regan, Bruce Spence, Craig Horner
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Kid, 12 years old November 24, 2009

cheesy but worth the watch

this show is amazingly cheesy i love it!! the acting is terrible the special effects are horrendous but some how i like it and can't wait to press the NEXT EPISODE button on my netflix instant dvd control panel this one's a keeper
Parent of a 7 and 10 year old Written byvdb April 8, 2010

I would agree with the 12+ age guidelines

I like the good/evil story, and my kids really enjoyed season 1. However it is important to note that there is more sexual references and inferences in season 2. Also a lesbian kiss in the first episode of Season 2.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byMaryJoe February 21, 2013

Not for kids

For over 14, mature scenes
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex


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