Xena: Warrior Princess

Common Sense Media says

Mythology and action-adventure for teens and up.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Friendship, justice, vengeance, and redemption are all major themes of the show.

Positive role models

Xena is a powerful, independent woman. Men and women alike are seen as both strong and violent.


Most episodes contain violent fight scenes that include a variety of unconventional weapons and physical action. Xena is, after all, a warrior.


Some sexual innuendo and skimpy outfits; kissing. The nature of Xena and Gabrielle's relationship has been the subject of much debate and discussion.


Mild: "damn," "ass," etc.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Very occasional consumption of wine or other ancient alcoholic beverages.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this fantasy action-adventure show -- which earned an avid cult fan base when it aired in the late '90s -- has frequent violent fight scenes. Also, there are subtle suggestions of a lesbian relationship between the two main characters, which may go over the head of young viewers.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Part action, part drama, part comedy, and part fantasy, XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS follows the adventures of Xena of Amphipolis (Lucy Lawless), a warrior who seeks to redeem herself for her former misdeeds as a treacherous warlord by serving as a protector to those who can't protect themselves. A spin-off of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena rewrites Greek mythology to create unique storylines that mesh historical figures, chronologically challenged timelines, and a variety of very modern topics while simultaneously attempting to resolving ancient disputes. Xena shares her adventures with constant companion Gabrielle (Renee O' Connor) and fights enemies such as Ares, God of War (Kevin Smith) and Callisto (Hudson Leick) with the help of friends like Autolycus (Bruce Campbell) and Joxer (Ted Raimi). Using no-holds-barred martial arts, gymnastic feats, and brute force, Xena dispassionately fights her enemies, usually sporting facial expressions that would frighten the wildest of animals, not to mention the bravest of men.

Is it any good?


Sometimes tragic, often quirky, and usually violent, the series presents Xena as a strong and empowered woman who exists in a very masculine world. But she's still a beautiful woman who endures ill-fated relationships with unsuitable men, including Ulysses (who wants to tame her) and Ares (who wants to conquer her). Subtle but strong hints throughout the series suggesting that Xena and Gabrielle are romantically involved lesbians add to the show's intriguing nature.

While Xena: Warrior Princess (which still airs in reruns and is available on DVD) is violent and contains its fair share of bare midriffs and sexual innuendo, it also offers viewers a refreshingly strong and independent lead character who's able to hold her own. This, along with the show's fantastic nature and its various subplots, continues to make this show a cult classic among many viewers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different kinds of action heroes. How many of them are women? Why do you think there are more male action heroes than female ones? How are female action heroes different than male action heroes? Families can also talk about how historical facts are often blurred with fiction to create interesting stories.

TV details

Cast:Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor, Ted Raime
Networks:Logo, Oxygen
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Great girl role models
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 16 years old Written bydark rose April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

The way of the warrior

What can I say? This is one of the best shows ever!! I absolutely love how they weave xena into history. It's a show for both ancient history and mythical lovers. I was hooked from the first episode I watched.
Teen, 13 years old Written bysdawnarian August 18, 2011

love this show

i love this show so much and so dose my 6 year old sister
Kid, 12 years old July 25, 2014

soo good

i love the fact that xena is a woman
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex


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