A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Minimal learning about ancient Egypt.
Positive Role Models
Lead character Theodosia makes good choices, is kind, models positive interactions with other people. She is very brave, competent, smart, and her parents treat her like the capable person she is. Her only fault may be that the show depicts her as fairly perfect, so she may be less relatable to kids. Other characters in the show are similarly good role models (with exception of villains in a secret society trying to destroy the world).
Main character Theodosia counters female stereotypes; she is assertive, brave, doesn't downplay her own brilliance and competence. Series is set in early 1900s, so Theodosia's character is even more notable given the time. Good racial diversity: Theodosia and her brother are White, but other main characters in their friend group -- a Black boy and an Egyptian princess (played by an Egyptian actor) -- are given a substantial amount of air time. Minimal discussion about how Theodosia's family (and other Brits) are stealing priceless artifacts from their country of origin.
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Violence & Scariness
Moderate amount of supernatural scariness, mostly achieved through suspenseful music, lighting, and sound effects. Some scenes where main characters appear to be in danger, though everything ends up OK. Clear villains do scary things like break into Theodosia's house, follow her around. Not much actual violence, but some pushing and shoving that's quickly resolved.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild flirtation between teenagers.
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Some expression of mistrust and dislike between characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Theodosia is a TV series based on the Robin LaFevers book series of the same name. The series is set in 1906 and follows 14-year-old Theodosia Throckmorton as she accidentally brings ancient Egyptian magic home to London. There is a moderate amount of supernatural and mummy scariness. The suspense is mostly achieved through music, lighting, and sound effects, as everything turns out OK in the end. There are some scenes where main characters appear to be in danger, and the villains do creepy things like break into Theodosia's house and follow her around London. There's little in the way of actual violence except for mean characters and some pushing and shoving that's quickly resolved. Otherwise, there's not much iffy content in this fun Harry Potter-meets-Indiana Jones series. Theodosia is a great strong female role model and shows courage and curiosity throughout her epic adventures.
Is It Any Good?
There's a lot to like about this clever series, which mixes a strong hero and interesting supporting characters with two historical periods: ancient Egypt and Edwardian London. Kids into magical fantasies à la Harry Potter will enjoy these fun adventures. The series feels reminiscent of the early Harry Potter movies, with some moments of suspense but villains and special effects that are sufficiently cheesy to make everything feel a bit less threatening. Theodosia is a fabulous character: She is smart and competent and doesn't apologize for either. If she has one fault, it's that she's almost too perfect and therefore may be less relatable to kids. The writing and world-building is less complex than in some other fantasy series, which makes Theodosia less compelling for adults and whole-family viewing. But for kids who can handle some scares, Theodosia is an entertaining fantasy world that parents can feel good about their kids getting sucked into.
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