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Love, Death & Robots

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Edgy sci-fi animation anthology lacks compelling stories.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Positive messages (any messages, actually) tend to be upended in favor of "twists" or downbeat endings.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Show makes an attempt at diversity among animated cast, but attempts are undermined by writing that gives characters a very small range of emotional experience and points of view. Many misogynist characters. Women are frequently negative stereotypes. 

Violence

Extreme amount of violence depicted. Characters often beaten and/or murdered, and many episodes take place during wars.

Sex

Surprise! Lots of nudity on this animated show, most of it female, including full-frontal female nudity and simulated sex.

Language

Constant profanity, including "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "c--t."

Consumerism

Occasional product placement, including a couple of episodes about the U.S. Armed Forces.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters smoke and drink, though never to excess. No drug use, but drug-like experiences do happen.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Love, Death & Robots is an animated sci-fi anthology show with adult content in nearly every episode, including full-frontal nudity, simulated sex, war, and violence. Though the show attempts to have a diverse cast, the language and points of view of the episodes are pretty homogenous, especially when it comes to profanity and negative representations of and attitudes toward women. Episodes are frequently set in wartime or post-apocalypse, though there are occasionally whimsical, lighter ones as well.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGoclean March 29, 2019
Enough already! If it's not good enough for my kids it's not good enough for me either! A no go for me. Please parents choose wiser! What we choo... Continue reading
Adult Written byxxross April 4, 2019

Violent Anthology, MA mostly, some PG episodes

Quite entertaining, thought provoking, but ultimately for MA audiences only. Some episodes have excessive profanity, depictions of violence, and scenes of nudi... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous March 30, 2019

It's a masterpiece!

It's literally a masterpiece. Everyone should watch this. You think it's too sexual or too violent. Yes it is but every kids watch these violent, sexu... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byLauren G. April 7, 2019

Pretty Good

So, after watching Black Mirror, I was searching Netflix for some similar anthology-type shows. And I came across Love, Death, and Robots. It's rated TV Ma... Continue reading

What's the story?

LOVE, DEATH & ROBOTS is a series of standalone episodes that each use animation and science fiction elements. Subjects range from a group of farmers trying to prevent an alien invasion to sentient yogurt that takes over the world.

Is it any good?

This dark but stagnant series gets points for trying something new, but it doesn't really hit its goal. Animation anthologies are often places where artists and creators can experiment, pushing the boundaries of style, genre, or mode of storytelling. The short length of the pieces means that even if an experiment fails, it won't be long before the audience can move on. Bringing that concept to the streaming era is a great idea, but Love, Death & Robots goes in the opposite direction. It's a collection of safe, clichéd science fiction stories that all share a very similar, very glib voice.

Worst of all, the series rarely does anything with animation that couldn't be done better in another medium. The animators may be using cutting-edge techniques, but without compelling stories or inspired images, the series is as lifeless as the robots it depicts.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes animation different. Does Love, Death & Robots use animation to tell stories that couldn't be told in other mediums? How does it go about doing that? Where does it succeed or fail?

  • Which episodes do you think work the best? What makes them stand out?

  • Are there any underlying themes that jump out across the whole season? Do you feel like the show as a whole has a point of view? What is it trying to say?

TV details

  • Premiere date: March 15, 2019
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Available on: Streaming

For kids who love sci-fi

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