The Letter for the King

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Underdog hero stands out in book-based fantasy series.

Netflix Drama 2020

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 27 reviews

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age 16+

A response to some reviewers

I wish Netflix would have a little icon for shows that include heterosexual characters. That way if people want to choose those shows they can and if people don't then it isn't forced upon them. I want to treat all people with respect but I don't want to watch boys kissing girls as entertainment. Series started off with some positive messages as stated more eloquently by other reviewers. Strong females, overcoming challenges, working together and then S1E5 has to venture into heterosexual attraction. Either prepare your kids with a discussion in advance or don’t let them watch it. The romantic kiss between a young boy and a young girl is pushing a moral perspective that I do not agree with. Some people do not have a problem with this but I do. I do not want my family to be entertained by shows that promote certain ideas.
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age 10+

Read the book first! No, really!

The real problem here is the writing; the show is awful. Here's an example: The young characters are being marched towards what is likely to be certain death by evil knights. Suddenly, they are having a giggly snowball fight. Wait, what? Also the conclusion was ridiculous; none of it made sense. Why did the evil X just stand there and be killed? Why does Y suddenly have magic powers and not Z? It is a big muddle, like they made it up as they went along. The book, meanwhile, is exciting and tightly-woven—and NO MAGIC, which is part of what makes this such a mess. That said, we were entertained for a while. But I cannot recommend this show, despite some good acting and a couple of characters we really liked. There are some scary moments for younger kids, and characters you like are not protected from, you know, dying. Several pairs of characters kiss -- and not always a boy and girl, so while I was glad my sons watched the show, and the love scenes were touching and quite innocent at heart, just be aware so you are not surprised.
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