Wondering if Netflix’s Cursed is kid friendly? This retelling of Arthurian legend and the Lady of the Lake is full of gore and violence and is not exactly family friendly. In this Cursed Parents Guide, here’s what parents need to know about language, mature content including sex, and a lot of scary and bloody scenes.
Is Netflix’s Cursed Kid Friendly?
Cursed is a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue (Katherine Langford of 13 Reasons Why and Knives Out), a teenage heroine with magical powers and gifts who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. After a lot of tragedy, she finds an unexpected partner in Arthur, a young mercenary, in a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword. Over the course of her journey, Nimue will become a symbol of courage and rebellion against the Red Paladins who are hunting down her people, the Fey.
Teens who are into YA fiction and fantasy will most likely be interested in Cursed, but Netflix’s Cursed is not appropriate for younger children due to intense scenes.
For a rated TV-MA program, language in Cursed isn’t too bad with some uses of sh– and piss off.
Now here is where the content in Cursed gets too mature for kids and even tweens. You start off thinking ok, maybe this isn’t too bad even though some opening scenes are heavy, and then villages and people get burnt alive, arms chopped off, children kidnapped, dark magic, scary characters, and a nude man (not in a sexual manner), but you get the complete back side, appear in the first episode.
Some people have compared Cursed to a more tame Game of Thrones. I never watched Game of Thrones, but I assume if your kids made it through that, they would be ok with this, even though I don’t recommend Cursed for kids under 16 years old.
In the second to last episode there is one sex scene where some skin is shown and two characters are on top of each other. It’s pretty steamy without total nudity. There’s also a same-sex romance.
What’s really not kid friendly about Cursed is the overall dark themes and violence. Cursed is rated TV-MA for gore and bloodshed. Not only just killing, but blood splattering and burning people on crosses. It’s all over the place.
Overall, there are some good things in Cursed like a heroine center stage without becoming a sex object. The cinematography is beautiful, although gruesome at times. I had to turn my head several times.
The 10-episode series is worth a watch if you like this genre. Some parts are slow, but there’s enough to keep an adult and the teen crowd entertained. If witchcraft and dark magic aren’t your thing, I would skip this one.