My newest guilty pleasure…

I admit it. I love the BBC version of Robin Hood. I had seen the previews about this new (to America…also check out the BBC website) series and thought that the boys would find it fun (what boy does not enjoy Robin Hood with sword fighting and archery?) but I am enjoying it just as much as they are (if not more!) Season 1 just ended (we were lucky to catch it at the beginning and tivo’d it…although looking at the episode list it looks like we missed one!) but it is being released on DVD on June 5th and is available through Netflix.

The show is incredibly fun and updated and remarkably well done. There is a lot of humor, great sword fighting and Robin (played by Jonas Armstrong) is extremely easy on the eyes (not to mention the accent!) I especially love the chemistry between Robin and Marian (who is a spirited, take care of herself kind of gal) and the relationship between all the characters (from Robin Hood’s Gang to the Sheriff and Sir Guy). The Sheriff is a real character…mean and diabolical, yet also extremely deadpan and funny…with a very dry, evil sense of humor.

Both boys really enjoy it…they especially love the fight scenes which are impressively choreographed and really enjoyable to watch. There is obviously some killing and violence so if your kids are sensitive, you should be aware of that.

The show has led to some good conversations about the time period and Robin Hood in general (Jason had listend to it on tape, but the story is new to Kyle). I found what looks to be an interesting DVD (also available at Netfilx) by the History Channel called History’s Mysteries: The True Story of Robin Hood. Can’t wait to check it out.

I highly recommend this show…it is one of those very enjoyable, watchable shows and it is fun to be able to watch something with the boys that I enjoy as much as they do!

~Stephanie

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I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!
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5 Responses to My newest guilty pleasure…

  1. Carrie K. says:

    Thanks for the review – this is in my Netflix cue for my husband and I, and I was wondering about the kids. They’re not overly sensitive to the violence – they’ve seen Lord of the Rings – but I was wondering about sexual content. Anything to be concerned about?

  2. Robin says:

    This sounds like a show my little guy could really get into. Thanks for the review. I haven’t heard about it, but I’ll have to add it to our list.
    Btw, I tagged you for a meme. Come check it out at my blog.
    Take care.

  3. PW says:

    I too love this show. I am awaiting my DVDs from Amazon and I am looking forward to Season Two. It has been one of my guilty pleasures as well.

  4. Laura says:

    I adore that how. I happened to catch the premiere and set my TiVo to record every episode.

    My girls watch it, too, and my son likes to sword fight with the tv.

  5. Camille says:

    I have to say that I am a fan of Sir Guy. Can’t believe that I like the bad guy but he is very easy on the eyes too. I think he is one of the most interesting characters on the show.