Parents' Guide to

The Santa Clauses

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Visual delight adds diversity to an older Christmas story.

TV Disney+ Comedy 2022
The Santa Clauses TV show: poster

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 10+

Disappointed

What was most disappointing was that my family watched the elves sing “I love Satan“ and they tried to play it off as something funny. This is not funny and not needed and crossed a line for me and my family. For several conflicts in the show, they turn to a witch for advice and portrayed the witch as misunderstood and full of wisdom. This was also disappointing . I am ok with the witch being a bad guy like the old movies but now to glorify it and confuse kids is another line that was crossed. To be honest though, was a witch even needed for a Christmas movie? Lastly, I know elves are centuries old and just look like kids, but I don’t think my kids fully know that and it was really uncomfortable how they had to include married kid elves. The pet names and inside jokes between the married elves was very uncomfortable with kids watching. I think the actors are great but blame Disney and the writers for including these things that just were not necessary.
age 13+

Not awful but not great

Unnecessary references to satan and the Illuminati. Also two of the elves are married and call each other honey buns and other pet names which seems odd considering the actors are children.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Despite relying on the well-worn trope of Santa being in trouble due to not enough kids believing in him, this latest Christmas series still manages to deliver some holiday magic. Picking up several years after The Santa Clause movies left off, The Santa Clauses attempts to update its storyline as well as the diversity of its cast. Along with the addition of more characters of color, kids will also appreciate the emphasis on technology such as VR goggles and drones. There are lots of pleasing special effects (an elf throwing up sparkles was one of my favorites) and plenty of the jokes land, including a few parents will smirk at while their children are none the wiser. Where the series trips up a bit is in its attempt to satirize "woke culture," lamely joking about "brat shaming" and changing the naughty list to the "misunderstood list." Nevertheless, this is a show with high-quality special effects and engaging characters that care about each other, making it a solid pick for families to watch together.

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