A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Greek mythology is woven into the stories.
Great messages around staying true to yourself, doing the right thing even when it's hard, and working as a team.
Positive Role Models
Percy, Annabeth, and Grover aren't perfect, but that actually makes them great role models for tweens and teens. They work through/with their flaws in order to complete heroic tasks. They have tremendous courage and a strong moral compass and work well as a team.
Main character Percy has ADHD and dyslexia. He's White (played by Walker Scobell), but many of the other main and supporting characters are people of color, including Percy's best friends Annabeth (Black actor Leah Jeffries) and Grover (Indian American actor Aryan Simhadri), and many of the adult Greek gods. Mentor-figure Chiron is a Black man who uses a wheelchair in the mortal world and appears as a centaur in the mythological world.
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Violence & Scariness
Percy and his friends are frequently in peril. There's lots of fighting scary monsters with swords and other weapons. Stylized death (characters appear to disintegrate), but no gory injuries. Ever-present ominous feeling because Percy is in serious danger just for being a demigod. Percy's mom appears to be killed in the first episode. Percy's stepdad is mean (and it's implied that he's violent toward Percy's mom and drinks to excess, which is fleshed out more in the book series). Verbal hostility between several characters, and some tween bullying behavior.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting among tweens/teens. Percy's human/god lineage is frequently discussed, so there are oblique references to his conception.
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Put-downs like "loser," and some verbal hostility.
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Products & Purchases
Nothing of note in the show, but the Percy Jackson franchise has many tie-in products.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Percy's stepdad appears to be drunk on screen. It's implied that he's frequently mean and irresponsible, possibly as a result of his drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a TV series based on Rick Riordan's hugely popular Percy Jackson book series about the human son of a Greek god. Percy (Walker Scobell) and his fellow demigods are frequently in peril. The entire series has an ever-present ominous feeling, especially once Percy learns that he's being pursued for his "half-blood" lineage. Expect lots of battles, some involving weapons, with scary mythological creatures. Characters, including parents, die stylized deaths, but there aren't any gory injuries. Percy's stepdad is mean (and it's implied that he's violent toward Percy's mom and drinks to excess). There's verbal hostility between several characters, and some tween bullying behavior. Characters flirt, but language is mild (mostly insults like "loser"), and there are strong themes of courage and teamwork, as well as messages about staying true to yourself and doing the right thing even when it's hard.
Is It Any Good?
The many fans of Rick Riordan's popular books will be relieved to see their beloved series finally get the screen adaptation it deserves. 2010's movie version of Percy Jackson and the Olympians didn't get Riordan's blessing, and ended up disappointing readers because it deviated so much from the books. This series, however, was created with Riordan's input -- and besides being faithful to the source material, it's also a lot of fun (and does have a few surprises for fans). The subject matter can definitely be dark, but there's lots of humor and heart throughout. The kid actors' performances are stellar, and kid viewers will identify with these very real and vulnerable characters. Kids who are into fantasy and can handle a fair bit of scares will be drawn into Percy's immersive world.
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