Parents' Guide to

Pennyworth

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fun origin series has violence, sex, and smoking.

TV Max Action 2019
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Never Meet Your Heroes

SPOILERS INCLUDED FOR ALL THREE SEASONS. I was hoping for the Origin Story of Alfred Pennyworth. Instead, what we got was a Batman show where Alfred was basically acting as a Superhero like Batman but without wearing a costume. Alfred even had Lucius Fox helping him out. The first season was ok. The second season was disappointing. And the third season was downright absurd. The acting, cast, sets, casting, etc. were all fantastic! I loved Jack Bannon’s acting. But the storyline itself was silly, absurd, and obnoxious. Do we really want Alfred to be a mercenary for hire to the highest bidder, who only occasionally has morals? In addition, he then shows other questionable behaviors, for what we would expect of our beloved Alfred. First, he sleeps with his first true love – fantastic, nothing wrong here. But then he sleeps with the young daughter of his favorite bar owner for a quickie. Then he sleeps with the Queen of England, and she keeps calling him at home for booty calls. Then he sleeps with the Opposition Leader of a foreign country. Then the bar owner’s daughter becomes the most popular singer in England, and he ends up with her again. Really? This is our beloved Alfred? In this show, he is a fixer for hire for the highest dollar, often without a great moral compass. Don’t get me wrong. He has morales at times, but not all the time. And he often only does the right thing if he is given a bunch of money to do it before he agrees to do it. And don’t forget he agreed to do a robbery job, and civilians died during it. What kind of hero is that? (Yes, one could say he is flawed, but there still needs to be limits!) This show could have been so much more, and so much better. I am completely ok with the creators taking free license to do Alfred’s origin story as they say fit. And season 1 started, I say again, started with some really neat ones. Then it got strange, weird and absurd. I wasn’t expecting a 1950’s to 1960’s superhero against supervillain story (i.e. clone of Batman), but that’s what it was. This show could have ended after the first season and I think we all would have been happy with it. I don’t know how it got renewed for a second season, and I REALLY don’t understand how it got renewed for a third season. I do not understand how so many people who wrote reviews on it gave it such high ratings. This show wasn’t what I expected, and if I could go back in time, I never would have watched it. Never Meet Your Heroes.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The fun and lively series offers viewers an entertaining backstory that features colorful characters, romance, and lots of action as Pennyworth stops villains trying to take over the British Empire. Jack Bannon's genteel but self-controlled and steely portrayal of the young Pennyworth is likable, but complicated, especially when negotiating his relationship with his parents (played by Dorothy Atkinson and Ian Puleston-Davies), and with love interests like Esme Winikus (Emma Corrin). Meanwhile, malefactors like Bet Sykes (Paloma Faith) add some bizarre humor. Pennyworth stands on its own, and doesn't require viewers to like, or even know, Bruce Wayne's story to appreciate it. Nonetheless, older Batman fans may take a special interest in it.

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