Parents' Guide to

The Mysterious Benedict Society

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Suspense and adventure in whimsical book-based fantasy.

TV Disney+ Drama 2021
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 8+

Fun, quirky mystery show

Lots of laughs, intrigue, and thought-provoking ideas. Tony Hale (Arrested Devlopment, Toy Story 4) is brilliant, but the kids are definitely the stars of this show, which your kids will love. The show can get pretty heady at times, but the action and the suspense will keep most kids interested even if some of the concepts are a bit deep for the younger ones. My 9 year old boy looks forward to it every week! Good messaging about morals, especially in showing the consequences of acting immorally. Parents who are concerned about grown up subject matter (politics, sexuality, etc) will feel very safe with this show, at least in the first 7 episodes that have been released. Overall, this is a great show for the whole family to watch together.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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age 9+

The Mysterious Benedict Society

I started watching the show and fell in love with it from the first episode. It has a perfect cast! All the characters are very likable/loveable--even Constance Contraire. She's my favorite. I told my son about it hoping he'd want to watch an episode. He said--I'm not wasting my time on some silly kids show. So I started watching the series over again while he was around... Long story short--now he's hooked. I hope Disney isn't foolish enough to cancel it... it's literally the only reason I'm keeping Disney Plus.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19 ):
Kids say (37 ):

Everything about this series is superb: its acting, its storytelling, its wonderfully immersive dystopian world. Fans of Roald Dahl's Matilda or the Lemony Snicket books will fall in love with this adaptation of the Benedict Society books. Kid viewers will enjoy knowing that children are the only ones capable of saving the day. They'll also likely identify with either Reynie, Kate, or Sticky and love hating the mean Constance. The subtle dry humor sprinkled throughout may be lost on some younger kids, but older kids (and adults) will find it hilarious. Kids will also enjoy trying to solve the puzzles and riddles alongside the genius characters.

The storytelling is super compelling, and grown-ups may wonder why they have a strong desire to binge-watch a show meant for kids. There are great acting performances by the kid and adult actors, especially the scene-stealing Kristen Schaal as Number Two. The sets and costumes are fabulously colorful and Wes Anderson-esque, making the world seem simultaneously both vintage and modern. Grown-ups will genuinely enjoy watching this whimsical and mysterious series along with their kiddos.

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