Merlin

2008 NR 5 seasons

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Merlin

2008 NR 5 seasons
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This family-oriented retelling of the popular King Arthur legend finds Merlin arriving in Camelot, where magic is banned. There, he secretly hones his sorcery skills with the help of his uncle, the court physician.
SEASON  1
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  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5

Summary of Season 1 (2009) - 4 discs

Not long after arriving in Camelot, a majestic kingdom where magic is a capital crime, young warlock Merlin realizes that his true mission is to use his powers to protect the future king Arthur.
Format
DVD Streaming
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
Subtitles
English SDH
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
CC
No
Rating
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
  • Colin Morgan
  • John Hurt
  • Bradley James
  • Richard Wilson
  • Angel Coulby
  • Katie McGrath
  • Anthony Head
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Reviews

age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this swords-'n'-sorcery series takes place in a Camelot very different from the one portrayed in other versions of the King Arthur legend: Merlin is young and untrained, King Uther Pendragon is something of a despot, practicing magic is a crime punishable by death, and Prince Arthur is a spoiled bully. There's no swearing and little romance, but expect plenty of action involving dark magic, swords, daggers, and other medieval weaponry.

Sexual Content

Some of the women wear low-cut dresses, and there are plenty of flirtatious interactions -- but little actual romance.

Violence

Expect lots of action in this swords-'n'-sorcery series, including sword fights and other forms of hand-to-hand combat. Some of the scenes seem more intense than others. A flail battle between a young Prince Arthur and a young Merlin is played somewhat comically, for example, while an execution scene is more harrowing, with a prisoner being decapitated (viewers see the axe fall, and the crowd winces, but nothing more). There's also dark magic, evil spells, assassination attempts, and more.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

This is a side of Camelot that hasn't been seen before; the show isn't focused on conveying specific positive messages, but by presenting different takes on "heroes" we all know well, it makes you think about them differently and humanizes them.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some characters appear to be drinking wine at feasts.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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