Parents' Guide to

The Musketeers

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Swashbuckler spikes a classic novel with sex and violence.

TV BBC America Drama 2014
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Greatly surprised...

Very little sex... but over all wonderful story telling...the incorporation of back stories is well done...little by little...explanations on how and why these young men became who they were...the swording was quite impressive...the amount of trading for a skill must have taken months...this group of men played perfectly off one another...dialogue was believable and flowed...the bad guys ( the cardinal, Rouchfort, etc ) were very believable and stirring...the king was almost sympathetic, if it wasn't for his arrogant stupidity...and the supporting cast added flavor, dimension and continuity...I would recommend this show to everyone...up till now...the man in the iron mask, was my favorite, but this show replaced it...I truly love period pieces, and this 3 season series has made me extremely grateful that I stumble across it...A movie with all 5hese elements would be a success...with the same actors...Good job BBC... looking forward to more surprises from this company...
age 13+

Is It Any Good?

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Dumas purists -- an admittedly small number -- probably won't like that The Musketeers takes serious liberties with its source material. But even viewers who are just now meeting the French writer's iconic foursome will have some difficulties with this uneven BBC adaptation that begins with an overly complicated backstory and fails to fully make up for it with compelling characters and must-see action. Although older teens can handle the content, parents are a much more likely sell. In the end, though, they might not be willing to invest the time.

Equally disappointing is the series' reliance on sexual subplots, seemingly designed to give the women something to do. For even the most promising female character -- a cloth merchant's feisty wife (Tamla Kari) -- winds up dressing as a prostitute and baring her cleavage to help the "boys" get through security. The thing is, these women do have power, but it's largely of the sexual kind, which may not be the best message if you're shopping for positive female role models.

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