Parents' Guide to

Robin Hood

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Remake of the legend almost hits the bullseye.

TV BBC America Drama 2007
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+

Good shows

This is a very good Robin Hood show. Some action and blood . Very little drinking
age 12+

Robin Hood: A Rollicking Ride

Ride along with Robin Hood as he aids the various peasants who are being tortured by the cruel sheriff. This TV show presents an interesting take on Robin Hood, with a younger, more immature Robin than normal. Season 1 poses interesting questions such as: Will Robin continue to refrain from killing, especially his greatest enemies? Does Sir Guy really care about Marian? Will Robin's band hold together despite various disasters? This TV show not only poses interesting questions, it is also remarkably clean with only a few minor issues. In season one I only counted three brief scenes that made me uncomfortable.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (22):

One of the show's faults is that it sometimes seems a little short on action and a bit too preachy. There are many scenes in which Robin explains his theories of social justice and agrarian economics, occasionally with a few more details than necessary. And many of the other characters debate whether the long-absent king would approve of Robin's actions because he's trying to take care of the peasants or condemn the bandit for undermining the fundamental notions of law and order.

Meanwhile, despite his combat skills, Robin is reluctant to hurt anyone, even the Sheriff. As a result, many of the fights in Robin Hood seem oddly one-sided, pitting a man who won't kill against nameless, flunky soldiers whom any viewer can tell are destined to lose their battle. Pairing a brutish despot who endorses torture and wanton killing with a somewhat pacifistic hero who makes light of the entire conflict gives the show an odd tone. Though entertaining, the series seems uncertain about whether it's trying to be a serious action-adventure show or a lighthearted spoof of one.

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