Parents' Guide to

The Seven Deadly Sins

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Smart manga-inspired series has edgy sexual content, too.

TV Online Action 2014
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 35 parent reviews

age 10+

Ignore all other reviews!! I watched the whole show and this is my opinion...

Hi, I am a concerned parent like the rest of you. It is worse for me since i am an arab mom typically known to be a worrier. I have two kids 10 and 12. I am also typically strict of what my kids watch until they are 13. There is this whole anime craze going on where apparently kids ranging to adults watch this Japanese Cartoon. Keep in mind i said CARTOON as you read this review. A lot of parents are being to harsh on this show especially since i am very picky about what my kids can see. This show is rated TV 14 on Netflix meaning 13+ but, theres really nothing TV 14 to it. SEX: The main character who is a knight fights to protect his kingdom alongside his partners. Occassionally he would be perverted but, its really nothing all shows have a little bit of this and that its innocent and human nature. Violence: The whole show is fighting to keep their kingdom safe. All these people talking about violence when its cartoons. What violence? I really don't see it. The "violence" in this show wouldn't even scare a baby for godsake. Keeping in mind like i said before especially since we are talking about a couple of CARTOON characters. Drinking: Again, these are cartoons. What tv show does not have a little alchohol. Very innocent and the just a couple scenes. The whole show is NOT based on it. Swearing: Really not much just [email protected], [email protected], hell. Said maybe a few times in the whole show. I don't know if you can really consider that swearing but if you do thats in this show. Positives+ So far we have been focusing on on the negatives. Lets talk about whats good in this show. It teaches: +Honesty +loyalty +Perserverence +Heroism Takeaway: Love, love, love this Tv show its great for 10+. I let both my kids watch it and they liked it too. Really sweet and innocent a few minor negatives for some but not me. Us parents really have to share insight amongst ourselves instead of jumping to conclusions, which i tend to do sometimes. Thanks for taking the time to hear my opinion.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
5 people found this helpful.
age 18+

Sexual assault should not be tolerated in a kids show

As a father, watching this show with my 7 and 9 year old daughters creeped me out. I realize Netflix lists a rating of TV14, but even at that age, kids should not have to accept a show that trivializes sexual assault. The leader "captain " of the group consistently gropes a female character without any indication on screen (from either the victim nor other characters) that this behavior is wrong. Though my kids enjoy the show in general, when my 9 year old daughter told me she "tries to ignore these scenes" I realized that's exactly what leads our society to tolerate sexual assault in real life, and might lead victims not to push back. Compounded with gratuitous cleavage and very short skirts in every scene, which may be commom in the anime genre, the show teaches children (and adults) that women and girls are objects for men's fantasies without any personal rights to their own bodies. The same plot could be well written and animated without such degrading examples for children. I am taking this opportunity to explain to our daughters why groping is not acceptable, and that they need to speak out if they ever feel uncomfortable or threatened in real life. Thanks, Netflix!

This title has:

Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (35):
Kids say (96):

Tense, heady, and boasting plot twists that spring surprises right and left, this series is an enticing pick for teen manga and fantasy fans. Maturity is key for viewers, since THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS has graphic (for a cartoon, that is) violence, some language, and a lot of sexuality. It's important that teens who watch understand the real-life implications of this last matter especially. Fast-talking Meliodas gets away with a lot of hands-on curiosity around Elizabeth, but the same shouldn't be true of encounters in the real world.

This intriguing series gives viewers a lot to ponder as they watch, most especially the determination of "good" and "evil." It's obvious pretty quickly that these terms are fluid and subjective in these characters' case, and it raises the question of whether that's true in our experiences as well. This well-designed series is enjoyable enough to draw parents as well as teens and encourages follow-up on the themes raised within the show.

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