The Adventures of Tintin

TV review by
Matt Springer, Common Sense Media
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Faithful adaptation has some old-fashioned values.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show's plot and action promotes curiosity and positive values such as protecting the weak, pursuing justice, and stopping evil.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The lead character serves as an especially strong role model to children, with a natural curiosity and adventuring spirit that serves positive values.


Set roughly in the 1920s, the series features occasional animated violence and fisticuffs. Weapons such as firearms and knives appear less frequently but are also occasionally used.


Very occasional use of words such as "stupid" and "idiot."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the show's supporting characters is partially defined by an ongoing drinking problem. Overconsumption of alcohol occasionally plays a role in the show's plotlines and is sometimes played for laughs. Characters are shown smoking cigars or pipes recreationally.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this animated adventure series reflects the values of the time in which the source material was created. Though there is no harsh language and the violence is relatively mild, there is occasional use of firearms and fisticuffs. The show's handling of alcohol and its abuses also reflects older values, with one recurring character who is defined in a few episodes by his alcoholism and drunken behavior occasionally played for comedy. Those parents familiar with the classic comic book series by artist Herge will find themselves intimately familiar with the content of the TV series as it acts as a faithful adaptation.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bypetra_ste August 12, 2019

Great adaptation of a comic book classic

Tintin was one of my great comic book passions as a kid (the other was Asterix); this series, unlike the Spielberg movie, is an extremely faithful adaptation.... Continue reading
Parent of a 10, 12, and 15-year-old Written byHendo H. U December 26, 2017
Teen, 13 years old Written byprismo January 13, 2021
well it is amazing about adventure,mystery,friendship and kindness
also the story is very nice
Teen, 14 years old Written bySpicyCabbage September 30, 2020

My Childhood

This series is what me and my family used to watch when I was around 6-7. It's amazing and I still watch it to this day. There might be, some drinking and... Continue reading

What's the story?

Based on the worldwide comic book phenomenon created by artist Herge, THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN adapts most of the intrepid Belgian reporter's escapades in an animated format. With his dog Snowy constantly at his side, Tintin constantly finds himself wrapped up in criminal intrigue, often with the aid of his friends Captain Hadock, Professor Calculus, and the laughable detectives Thomson and Thompson. Somehow good usually seems to triumph and the bad guys typically end up meeting the fate they deserve.

Is it any good?

The global phenomenon that is Tintin finds a mostly faithful adaptation in the lovingly animated series The Adventures of Tintin, which originally aired in the US on HBO during the late '80s. For European audiences, Tintin is perhaps as popular as Mickey Mouse in the states, a beloved icon whose history has stretched over decades and whose books have sold hundreds of millions of copies.

American audiences may find a bit of culture shock in trying to understand the appeal of the brave reporter and his faithful canine sidekick, Snowy. Tintin himself is almost a blank slate, moving through his adventures with bravery but more often than not enlivened by the presence of eccentric villains and a creative cast of supporting characters. For kids, this may not prove an issue, as the momentum of the action will be enough to engage their imaginations. Teens and adults, however, will have to adapt expectations to fit the show's more esoteric storytelling and characterizations. It's a worthwhile series, but definitely a faithful adaptation of a bygone era in children's books.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Captain Haddock's occasional use of alcohol. Was it noticeable as part of the stories? How would a series created today handle his alcohol use?

  • Did you find Tintin's adventures to be exciting? How does the TV series compare to the books?

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