Parents' Guide to

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Tween demigod's rousing TV adventures have dark moments.

TV Disney+ Drama 2023
Percy Jackson and the Olympians TV Poster: Percy, a white 12-year-old boy, stands with friends Annabeth (a Black tween girl) and Grover (a teen boy with brown skin) and a magical sword

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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 8+

Entertaining, but lacking the books' sparkle

It’s been an enjoyable ride albeit with a few shortcomings. They aim for an epic tone, which is sort of achieved, yet the dialogues and pacing seems aimed at little kids. Though slow or poorly written at times, at the end of the day, it's still entertaining and an okay influence. PROS: Walker Scobell (cast as Percy) is a delightful person and well cast, even if too serious at times in the show. They aim for an epic tone, and there's something satisfying about finally having Perch Jackson taken seriously in the film industry. The fight scenes are good in episodes 1 and 2 but become slower as it goes on (perhaps the monster fights are a bit scary / violent for younger audiences). Sets are generally well done. CONS: Having read the books a few years ago, and knowing the general plot, it’s fairly slow (though if you’re new to Percy’s world, you’ll be busy learning names and backstories). The plot is also quite different from the books, which doesn't bother me, except that the stakes make less sense and the clues are presented in confusing ways. It’s also too solemn and could use a good dose of humour or levity to make it overall a joy to watch.
age 9+

Great start to the series!!

I’ve only seen the first episode but I’m excited to see the full series!! It was pretty good!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (31 ):

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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