Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this classic animated series follows the adventures of a group of kids who are magically transported to a mysterious land, and must try to find their way home. Each becomes a specialized type of stock swords'n'sorcery character (the knight, the wizard, the acrobat, etc.), and there is a strong emphasis on teamwork as they work together to overcome various villains and monsters. The series shows its age (it was made in the mid-'80s), but the fantasy-setting might appeal to tweens and older kids.
No sex, sexual references, or even flirting, though one female character has a skimpy outfit.
There are plenty of fight sequences, though little real combat in this animated swords'n'sorcery show. Instead of a swordfight, for example, the characters might trap a monster in a cave, or knock a pile of books onto a villain and then run away. In fact, almost nobody even seems to carry weapons; the knights have shields, but no swords, a magic bow is used to shoot enchanted arrows that might knock objects into a foe, but never actually draw blood.
Calling someone a "bozo" is as rough as it gets here.
Teamwork is the best, sometimes the only, way to tackle big challenges. When the kids can't agree on a plan, they often fail to achieve their goals, but when they do work together, they are always successful. The mysterious Dungeon Master encourages them to collaborate, and offers clues to help them figure out the best course of action.
The series, as the name implies, is based on Dungeons and Dragons, the role-playing game that was so popular in the 1980s when this show was first broadcast. There was plenty of related merchandise at the time, and the show promotes the venerable role-playing game upon which it was based.
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