Parents' Guide to

The Legend of Zelda

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Strong female heroine stands out in decent '80s cartoon.

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

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Legend of the Holy Grail - PG13 - Review (Logan Lerman, Sean Bean, Natalie Portman)

CSM GUIDE: Violence 3/5 DDS 1/5 Romance 0/5 Language 3/5. Language: Infrequent, strong language includes "piece of s--t," "crap," "hell," "damn," "a--hole," "bulls--t," "effing bastard," "son of a bitch," "asses," "half-assed," "d--k," "goddamn," "d--k head," "sh--hole," plus one "f---ing."
age 6+

Good, But Only For Cheesy Zelda Fun

I’m going to be honest with parents... This cartoon is really, really bad. It’s cheesy, the only female character are either princesses or fairies, and the main character Link is a whiner. But, I love this cartoon. Its jokes are way too cheesy, but they’re so bad that they’re good. There is a running gag about the main character (Link) trying to get a kiss from the Princess, but that’s the most inappropriate thing in the series, and it’s not bad at all. There isn’t really any good role models or messages, it’s just all nostalgic fun. I recommend episodes 3 and 12. Definitely the most strange, but the most ridiculous as well. Good for Zelda fans, but if you’re not a Zelda fan, I would not recommend this.

Is It Any Good?

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Based on an '80s video game, The Legend of Zelda is a mostly formulaic 13-part series with few surprises that's equally short on worrisome content for kids. The good-versus-evil plot yields many conflicts with some tepid violence, but, because injuries are rare and the characters simply disappear rather than dying in the traditional sense, it's not likely to upset even younger kids.

Probably the most notable aspect of the story is the testy relationship between Link and Zelda, which is so unusual for this genre that it's almost comical. Not only is Zelda strong and defiant in her own right, which challenges traditional gender roles, but viewed against Link's relative neediness -- and his inability to take "no" for an answer on the kissing issue -- she often comes across in a more favorable light. Especially given that this series is more than two decades old, it's a surprising win for female heroines.

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