Xena: Warrior Princess

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Mythology and action-adventure for teens and up.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

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Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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


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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Very occasional consumption of wine or other ancient alcoholic beverages.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Xena: Warrior Princess is a fantasy action-adventure show -- which earned an avid cult fan base when it aired in the late '90s -- that 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycasygirl727 January 11, 2016

XENA is the bestestest!!!

I think Xena is great for everyone and even though Gabrielle and Xena have an intimate relationship doesn't mean it is any different between Cinderella and... Continue reading
Adult Written byGPetrasE4L April 9, 2008

Xena Rocks

A lot of fun!
Kid, 12 years old July 25, 2014

soo good

i love the fact that xena is a woman
Kid, 12 years old June 24, 2013

Unique and great for 10 and over

Aside from frequent fight scenes and some sexual references, this show is fine for kids. I don't see why Gabrielle and Xena's lesbian relationship is... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different kinds of action heroes in Xena: Warrior Princess. 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. What elements of the show are based on history? Which ones are fantasy?

  • How do the characters in Xena: Warrior Princess demonstrate teamwork and courage? Why are these important character strengths?

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