Shadow and Bone age rating: Is the series okay for kids?

Shadow and Bone is coming to Netflix later this week. Can you watch it with the kids? What is the Shadow and Bone age rating?

Of course, you want to be able to watch Shadow and Bone with your children. Some of them may have even read the book series already, so they’re excited to see the series come to life.

The Grishaverse novels by Leigh Bardugo are all in the YA genre. They’re rated for ages 12 and up, so you’d think the Shadow and Bone age rating would be the same, right?

This is where there’s a little bit of bad news. The series isn’t designed for the younger members of the reading audience. It is a Netflix series after all.

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Shadow and Bone age rating

The series is set as TV-MA, according to IMDb. This isn’t all too surprising with a Netflix series. Streaming services get to cater more toward the adults compared to what the broadcast networks are able to offer. That means a lot of shows are rated TV-MA rather than anything lower.

Outside the U.S., the ratings differ. There are some countries putting a 15 or 16 rating on the series. This is likely great for some of those who read the books shortly after they were released.

In the end, it’s always going to be up to you as a parent. I’d suggest watching the series yourself and seeing whether it’s going to be suitable. If your kids are anything like me, they are watching TV-MA content at 14 or 15 (maybe even younger if I think back properly). But you’ll want to make sure your children are mature enough for the new Netflix series.

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What do you hope to see from the Shadow and Bone books in the series? Are you watching the show with your children? Let us know in the comments below.

Shadow and Bone is on Netflix on Friday, April 23.