TV review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
DanTDM TV Poster Image
Popular with kidsParents recommend
Fun, relatable Minecraft-heavy gamer usually kid-friendly.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 122 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

There's a lot of creativity related to Minecraft on DanTDM. Dan Middleton takes kids through various mods so they can then try what he modeled in the videos.

Positive Role Models

Kids can watch an adult, Dan Middleton, who understands and shares their love of Minecraft and other games and who keeps his language kid-friendly.


A few videos include games with violent content, including a series on the game Happy Wheels, which include portrayals of gory violence (a kid character in Happy Wheels blows off his grandpa's limbs and stabs his mom in the back with a knife that she's asked him to "throw" to her); Middleton laughs and makes jokes about the violence ("He's got mad throwing skills ... now he's killed his mom ... that was awesome").


Promotes the DanTDM book, tour, and YouTube Red show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DanTDM is a YouTube gaming channel created by charming Brit Dan Middleton. Middleton's videos initially focused heavily on Minecraft (the acronym "TDM" stands for "The Diamond Minecart," a Minecraft reference). Now he plays a variety of games; most games, but not all, are kid-friendly. Most DanTDM videos are straightforward -- he just plays the game and comments. Sometimes he creates characters, such as Dr. Trayaurus, as well as storylines for the characters within the game. Middleton doesn't swear, and there's no suggestive talk or portrayals of drug or alcohol use. Still, a few game series (such as Happy Wheels) include portrayals of gory violence (a kid character in Happy Wheels blows off his grandpa's limbs and stabs his mom in the back with a knife that she's asked him to "throw" to her), and Middleton laughs and makes jokes about the violence ("He's got mad throwing skills ... now he's killed his mom ... that was awesome"). Middleton also has his own YouTube Red series, he's written a children's book, and he's toured with a live show.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTonya Woodel August 19, 2019

Humble and Engaging

DanTDM has increased my child's vocabulary in amazing ways. I'm usually watching with my son, and the fact that he reads to the kids while he's... Continue reading
Adult Written byMovie TV April 23, 2019


I think this is a great YouTube channel for all ages and the reason I say that is because he doesn't swear and he plays video games and lots of kids love v... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 9, 2017

DanTDM, one of the most mediocre channels out there

If you're looking for a gaming channel without cussing, sex or too much violence, Dan is... okay, personally I would recommend Stampylonghead or PopularMMO... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 10, 2019

Amazing! Why the hate?

Dantdm is an amazing rolemodel. Yes, he did once light a hatchimal on fire but it was just for entertainment. He is incredible. My mother used to say that I wat... Continue reading

What's the story?

Many of DANTDM's videos center on Dan Middleton's own Minecraft gameplay (Trayaurus' Minecraft Christmas Countdown?!). A few DanTDM videos aren't so kid-friendly and include some game-based violence (Happy Wheels Dumb Ways to Die!). Other non-Minecraft gameplay videos focus on characters and storylines Middleton's created (Tomodachi Life). A few may be scary to younger DanTDM fans but not so scary to older viewers (Fell Off My Chair: Five Nights at Freddy's 2).

Is it any good?

For kids who love Minecraft, DanTDM is a dream come true. Dan Middleton is a happy, friendly gaming enthusiast -- just what many kids would love the adults in their home to be. Middleton shows them cool, new features of kids' favorite games and gets just as excited about every detail as they do. He feigns fear of games such as Five Nights at Freddy's. To his credit, unlike many other YouTubers, Middleton usually talks as if he knows and respects that young kids are watching. Unfortunately, not all games he chooses to play on DanTDM live up to that same kid-friendly status. With kids as young as 5 watching this YouTube channel, it complicates things to feature gory, violent gaming content, even as a tiny footnote to the rest of the fun, creative, kid-friendly content.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between playing Minecraft and other games vs. watching someone else play them. How can kids' own gameplay benefit from watching DanTDM videos?

  • Check out Top 10 Kid-Friendly Minecraft Channels on YouTube for exploring more Minecraft gaming videos beyond DanTDM.

  • Talk to your kid about YouTube stars. Middleton is so extraordinarily relatable to kids, even to very young kids, that they may feel like he's a real friend. How can this help or hinder real friendships?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love Minecraft

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate