Parents' Guide to

The Librarians

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Goofy fantasy-adventure is perfect for whole-family viewing.

TV TNT Comedy 2014
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 6 parent reviews

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The Librarians Are "Booked" For Adventure

"The Librarians" is a "fun" action thrill ride to watch if your into the theme of "time travel" which I am. The librarian is filled with interesting story lines (great storytelling, although the continuity would be somewhat confusing for the younger set ) and great Fx with some violence, but tamer to other shows I've seen. The story concept is idea for those who have a "creative mind" because it's a show that can inspire that creativity if you hang onto the series long enough. I've only seen the first season, but the use of creativity, imagination and smart writing and direction encourages me to keep watching.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (7):

Cast in the mold of other lighthearted fantasy-adventure series such as Xena: Warrior Princess and Sleepy Hollow, this series is a whole lot of fun. Wyle, of course, has always had enough Indiana Jones-ish charm to carry off small-screen capers; he proved that with the string of Librarian TV movies that preceded this series. And the decision to hang on to comedy vets Jane Curtin and Bob Newhart as Carsen's advisors Charlene and Judson was a sound one, as was the choice to round out the cast with characters who add quirks. Romijn is a hoot as a square-jawed bodyguard, and Carsen's new fledgling Librarians are a fun bunch: sensitive synesthete Cassandra (Lindy Booth), master thief and international man of mystery Ezekiel Jones (John Kim), and hunky Midwesterner Jake Stone (Christian Kane), a genius in the fields of history, art, and languages.

It's all pretty silly, and it's meant to be. At one point a group of black-clad henchmen rush a bar, hoping to assassinate Stone before he's able to assume his Librarian duties. Baird storms in, karate-chops them to the ground, and then sidles to the bar for a one-on-one with Stone. "Who are these guys, ninjas?" Stone asks. "Maybe," says the taciturn Baird. "In Oklahoma?" Stone asks incredulously. "That's what I said!" returns Baird. Making fun of the meta-silliness makes it all easier to swallow. The cast clearly knows it's in a silly fantasy romp, and they're having a great time. Watch The Librarians, with or without the kids, and you will, too.

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