A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's important and courageous to protect and stick up for the ones you love.
Positive Role Models
Maddie's family clearly love each other and each fight hard to keep one another safe. Maddie herself is a brave pursuer of the truth.
Most of the characters appear to be either White or of Asian descent.
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Violence & Scariness
The show has a pervasively ominous vibe. A girl is bullied both physically and online, at one point is encouraged to kill herself. There are flashbacks of the main character visiting her terminally ill father in the hospital. A couple of girls get into a fight in the school bathroom. A man is kidnapped. Another character's dad is emotionally abusive to his wife and son. An adult threatens a child. Eventually there are large-scale battles including weapons and missiles.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A husband and wife are shown from the waist up hugging in the shower.
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"S--t," "WTF," "bitch," "hell," "goddamn," "bulls--t," "whores," and the like.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pantheon is an animated science fiction thriller full of suspense and action. The show is based on Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Ken Liu's book The Hidden Girl and Other Stories, and has a pervasively ominous vibe. A girl is bullied online (and briefly physically), and at one point is encouraged to kill herself. There are flashbacks of the main character visiting her terminally ill father in the hospital. A couple of girls get into a fight in the school bathroom. From there, violence includes kidnapping, an emotionally abusive husband and father, and full-scale battle scenes. Language is mature: "s--t," "WTF," "bitch," "hell," "goddamn," and the like.
Is It Any Good?
The Big Brother type of conspiracy behind this technological thriller feels familiar, but there are just enough twists to keep it from being stale. Pantheon is part Homecoming, part The Matrix yet still manages to maintain a fresh tone. The main characters are likable, the writing smart, the action fast-paced, and there's even some heart to the story. Plus, the animated format means there are no limits on what can be done. Here's the rare thriller that family members of a variety of ages can enjoy together. Even if adult cartoons aren't usually your thing, with an impressive cast that includes William Hurt, Daniel Dae Kim, Ron Livingston and Maude Apatow, this one is worth a look.
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