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The Adventures of Tintin

Faithful adaptation has some old-fashioned values.

What parents need to know

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

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:November 4, 1991
Cast:Colin O'Meara, David Fox, Wayne Robson
Networks:HBO, Nickelodeon
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:NR
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 10 years old May 20, 2013

Nice and fun show with good role models

This is a nice and interesting show with action,excitement and comedy.Tintin is a good role model and does almost anything to help his friends Haddock and Cuthbert Calculus,with his faithful fox terrier Snowy,whos cute.This has smoking and some insults like fool,idiot and stupid,but still,no vulgar is shown.So this is a nice show.Mild consumerism like cars from Chrysler are shown.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byCooldee January 2, 2012

A detective series for kids!

I watched this show since I was 3 or 4 years old, I love it how Tintin and his friends work together to help solve crimes.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byAbyssalRuin December 31, 2011

I love these!

I am a long time Tintin fan, have been since I was 6, it never gets old.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking