Parents' Guide to

The Dangerous Book for Boys

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Magic book reunites family in warmhearted adventure show.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

what a disappointment

We love the book in which this series is based on and were excited to watch it with my 9 year old son. With references to past drug use, casual sex and the awful book 50 shades of grey...this should not be a show for young children. ugh!

This title has:

Too much sex
age 14+

Sadly Insults a Worthy Book

I began watching this with my children, ages 5, 7, and 9, considering that we own the book, had seen the previews, and checked the rating. This is not appropriate for young children. The Y7 rating is misleading. As previous reviewers have posted, there was enough content within the first thirty minutes that led me to "yank the cord." The children in the show do not treat each other or their mother respectfully. The grandmother and uncle are not decent characters. As if the character interaction weren't atrocious enough, the plot is challenged. What is most sad is that there was potential, the idea of making a show that presents the book's content, a decent show with great role models and neat adventure. Epic failure and one that we will not revisit.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (2):

Based on the best-selling 2007 book of the same name, this warmhearted series assures viewers that you don't have to stare at screens to have fun -- you just need a book of adventurous knowledge bequeathed by your dead father. It's easy to discern a slightly scolding tone in creator Bryan Cranston's adaptation -- the three boys having the "dangerous" fun promised in the series' title are frequently told to put their phones or tablets away and experience what's all around them in this bright bold beautiful real world. They're also lectured by their mom, dad, and a passel of other adults to believe in themselves, try new things, be fearless, and learn lessons about life, and all the other things adults tell kids to do (but rarely do themselves).

Nonetheless, though the sometimes clichéd and often trite "very special lessons" the boys and their family learn detract from The Dangerous Book for Boys' emotional moments, enough of them land that viewers, even cynical ones, may find themselves misting up. Anyone who's lost a loved one can see the appeal of a mystical device that brings them back to you, even if only for a while. And when three boys who have lost their father find that he's still around, living somehow in the fantastical places he sends them to in the Dangerous book's instructions, it's nothing less than beautiful. "Dad? Dad? Are you still there?" says Wyatt, bouncing alone across the surface of some imaginary moon. "Always," says his dad with a steadfast, reassuring gaze fixed on his son. No, I'm not crying. You're crying.

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