By Amanda Dyer,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fantasy adventure series has violence, children in peril.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes of family, friendship, and environmentalism.
Positive Role Models
Gus's father teaches him lessons about caring for their farm and the planet, though he lies to Gus about the outside world to protect him. Some characters are kind and want to help others but often make hurtful decisions out of self-preservation.
Violence & Scariness
Characters fight, shoot at, stab each other. Some are killed in battle, but dead bodies are not seen on-screen. Children's lives are put in danger. Mention of children being killed.
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Some use of profanity, including "s--t" and "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Disposed used cigarettes are seen, but no characters are seen smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sweet Tooth is an action/adventure series based on a limited-series graphic novel of the same title. It follows the story of a boy named Gus (Christian Convery) who was born as a half-deer, half-human hybrid in a post-apocalyptic world. Characters fight, shoot at, and stab each other. Some are killed in battle, but dead bodies aren't seen on-screen. Children's lives are put in danger, and there's mention of children being killed. Cursing includes "s--t" and "ass." Positive messages include themes of family, friendship, and environmentalism. Will Forte co-stars as Gus's father.
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Based on 16 parent reviews
An interesting fantasy/doomsday TV series but careful of the swearing
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What's the Story?
In the world of SWEET TOOTH, an event known as "the great crumble" produces two hysteria-inducing phenomena: first, a deadly virus that sweeps the globe; second, all babies are now born as human-animal hybrids. Nine years after the "crumble," Gus (Christian Convery), a deer-human boy hybrid, and his father (Will Forte) live a peaceful life secluded in the woods. But things change when Gus's curiosity about the outside world becomes too much for his father to control.
Is It Any Good?
Despite the dark premise of this series, it is heartfelt and fun, and its lead is as sweet as the title suggests. Gus, also known as Sweet Tooth, is an average troublemaking, stubborn 9-year-old, except he has horns. Although his antics can get on anyone's last nerve, his kindness, curiosity, and borderline naïve loyalty are what make him a compelling character. Young teens may find Gus's curiosity and thirst for adventure relatable. Older teens may find it interesting to see how the actions of other characters out of fear, misinformation, or self-preservation both directly and indirectly affect Gus and other hybrids like him.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the environment. What lessons do Gus's "pubba" and other characters teach Gus about treating the earth? What actions can you and your family take to help the environment?
In the series, the apocalypse begins with a deadly virus spreading around the world. How do the ways the characters in the series deal with the virus reflect reality? Why do you believe the creators wrote it this way?
Families can also talk about the lies that Gus's father tells. Why do you believe Gus's father lies to him about the world? What positive and/or negative effects does this have on Gus? Do you think it's OK for parents to lie to their children occasionally?
- Premiere date: June 4, 2021
- Cast: Will Forte, Christian Convery, Nonso Anozie, Adeel Akhtar
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Action
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Book Characters, Friendship, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: May 5, 2023
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