This week, we take a closer look at popular Netflix show, Sweet Tooth, based on the DC comic book by Jeff Lemire, about a child who is trying to find his way in a post-apocalyptic world
Each month, MCC co-founder Sara Khaled selects a fun or educational TV show that has caught her eye; tried and tested by her four young children. This week, Sarah takes a look at Sweet Tooth, a drama series based on the DC comic book by Jeff Lemire, about a child who is trying to find his way in a post-apocalyptic world.
Show: Sweet Tooth
Platform and streaming: Netflix
Age: 10+ (Although the tone of the show is optimistic, there are some dark themes that might not be suitable for younger children.)
This American action fantasy program begins after a viral pandemic called The Sick has wiped out most of the world’s population. And if Sweet Tooth sounds like a hasty covid copycat, the comic book series on which it is based was first written in 2009.
In this strange new world, babies are being born who are half human and half animal. These hybrids are often hunted down by human survivors who fear that they either started the pandemic or are a dangerous result of it. Ten-year-old Gus, who is a half-deer hybrid, has lived his whole life with his father in a remote woodland cabin, but after his father dies, Gus must set out on a new path, accompanied by a protective human called ‘Big Man’ whom he meets on the way.
Produced by Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr, this Netflix original was filmed in New Zealand – during the covid pandemic – and launched in the summer of 2021 to critical approval. Episodes are around 40-55 minutes long and available for streaming or download.
Why we love it
- There are discussions to be had and lessons to be learned about the way that we treat sections of the population who are different from the majority.
- The filming directly emphasizes the difference between unspoiled natural beauty and the way humans have damaged so much of it. We can discuss with children how far this is true and what can be done about it.
- Many things have gone wrong with the world in which Gus finds himself, but the plots teach that there is always hope.
- Goodness is seen as a force that will eventually triumph over evil.
- There is a moral message of the importance of working together for the common good.
Watch the trailer
Stream now on Netflix
About the author
Sara Khaled is based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she lives with her husband and four young children, aged between 6 months and 10 years old. A public health graduate of King Saud University, Sara is a co-founder of Moon Community Club, and passionate advocate of causes that promote social development.
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