A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show explores themes like friendship, dependability, teamwork, and a sense of duty. Henry and his friends always strive for the common good and usually shrug off notoriety or reward for doing what they do. The show increases awareness of the world’s diversity with clips of Henry in different parts of the globe, referencing social and environmental differences.
Positive Role Models
Henry and his friends always strive to do the right thing, like handing over treasure they uncover to its rightful owner. They break plenty of rules in their mystery solving, but they’re never out to hurt anyone. Henry’s uncle is tough but fair, demanding that the teens fulfill their potential but willing to admit when he’s been wrong.
Violence & Scariness
Action and chase scenes often include fistfights, martial arts-style exchanges, and some weapons. In one scene, for example, three masked avengers shoot at a couple of teens. In another, a man is killed by a poison dart. There are also some spooky scenes with ghosts and the like.
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Rare use of words like “butt.”
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's a fair amount of action violence in this fast-paced series about teen super sleuths. Most of it is in the form of fistfights and martial arts-style battles, but there's also some gunplay and a few deadly uses of less familiar weapons like blow darts. Some younger kids might be frightened by spooky scenes of ghosts, skeletons, and hallucinations as well. But for most tweens and teens, the show is a wild ride full of plot twists and turns that should keep them on the edge of their seats.
Is It Any Good?
Impetuous Henry is a hero for any tween who longs for adventure to fall into his lap so he can tackle it head-on. When a problem presents itself, Henry leaps (often literally) into action to solve it, aided by his trusty sidekicks -- who bring their own expertise to the table. The historical nature of the show's mysteries makes them appealing to a range of ages, and parents might find themselves watching along with their tweens to see what sticky situation Henry, Jasper, and Maggie manage to resolve each week.
UNNATURAL HISTORY is a satisfying blend of Indiana Jones and Harry Potter, and there's no question that Cartoon Network's decision to diversify by adding this live-action mystery to its line-up was a smart one. The only hiccup is the violent exchanges -- sometimes involving guns and other deadly weapons -- between the teens and their nemeses, so younger kids shouldn't tune in. But for tweens and up, Henry and his pals have plenty to offer, including strong messages about friendship and dependability.
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