A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive themes around courage, girl power, and staying true to yourself, but a fair bit of violence and insults on the negative side.
Positive Role Models
Good gender representation -- main character Brendar is a strong female lead and her sidekick Evan is a sensitive, artistic male troll. So-so role modeling: Brendar solves problems with violence (silly violence, but still) and many of the characters insult each other or are somewhat mean. Brendar learns over time to change her ways.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of fantasy violence with slapstick consequences (examples: Brendar slays a serpent and confetti pops out of the wounds, an extended fight scene with skeleton-creatures results in lots of bones getting thrown in the air). Main character Brendar is portrayed as being a brave and tough princess warrior, so there's minimal negative portrayal of her violent tendencies. Lots of verbal hostility between characters. Moderate scariness -- lots of action without the characters seeming like they're in peril, some creepy monster characters, and mention of main character's mother being killed and brother being kidnapped.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brendar's outfit is midriff-bearing; occasional jokes about dating or finding characters attractive.
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Moderate language like "butthole," insults like "numbskull," and lots of cursing-adjacent phrases that will likely go over kids' heads (like "poop their armor" and "droppings just got real").
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Barbarbarian and the Troll is a funny medieval series meant for older kids, with moderate violence, scariness, and language. Lead character Brendar is a strong warrior princess who solves all problems with intimidation or violence (she is a barbarian, after all). All the scariness and violence is tempered by puppet silliness. There's no blood or guts, but characters do get hurt or killed by Brendar's slapstick sword-brandishing escapades (examples: she slays a serpent and confetti pops out of the wounds; an extended fight scene with skeleton-creatures results in lots of bones getting thrown in the air.) Brendar meets some creepy monsters on her quest, but they're all kind of cute and somewhat hapless. There's tons of insults lobbied back and forth between characters (e.g. "butthole" and "numbskull") and lots of cursing-adjacent phrases that will likely go over kids' heads (like "poop their armor" and "droppings just got real"). There's a lot to like, but don't be fooled by the puppets: the slightly-mature content makes this one better suited for older kids.
Is It Any Good?
This charming series will enchant kids and grown-ups alike with its fantasy world, whimsical characters, and constant laughs. All of the characters are puppets, and while it's not produced by the Henson Company, it evokes the old-school Muppets in the best possible way. The creatures Brendar encounters truly seem magical, and the puppeteers' performances bring them to slightly scary (but mostly funny) life. Kids will love the slapstick humor (a lot of which comes from cartoonish violence) and silly characters, and older kids will appreciate the wordplay and double meanings.
Adults will guffaw at the grown-up aimed humor, like a tavern being named "The Queen's Goiter" or the troll saying he has "99 problems but a bridge ain't one." Brendar is a great strong female lead: self-confident (to a fault), tough as nails, and independent (though her midriff-bearing outfit doesn't seem necessary). There's more meanness and violence than some parents may prefer, but Brendar seems like she may become a reformed, softened barbarian under Evan's influence as the series continues. The Barbarian and the Troll is fantastic viewing for families with older kids.
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