A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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What's the story?
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?
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