Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

House of Anubis

House of Anubis

Spring 2013 Television
Ages: 6 - 14 yrs.
Producer: Nickelodeon
Rating: TV Y

This British drama that airs on Nickelodeon is perfect for tweens looking for an entertaining show focusing on a group of teen friends.

The show is set at Anubis House, a residence at an English boarding school overseen by a man named Victor. Mysterious things are happening there. Is Miss Denby really who she says she is? Where does that secret passageway lead? And what does Victor plan to do with the man in the tank?

If you haven't been watching, just dive right in. You'll be able to catch up fairly quickly. The boys and girls, a diverse group that includes some Americans among them, will pull you in with their charm and humor. Their friendships also add to the intrigue as they work together to figure out the keys to the Egyptian mythology and the mystery it holds.

It almost has an Indiana Jones feel to it. But the filming makes the show look like an American soap opera. This definitely isn't a Disney or ABC Family-type production. But it also doesn't feature oversexed teens, smart aleck wisecracks or storylines about pregnancy or drugs. There is romance, but it's usually just a sweet kiss or two. The focus is on the mystery. Think Harry Potter, Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys. In other words, this is good clean fun.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, assistant director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, began her career at The Washington Post and went on to spend more than two decades with USA Today, where she covered pop culture topics. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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