The Mysterious Benedict Society is a brand-new TV show from Disney+ following the exploits of four gifted orphans recruited to save the world from a global crisis
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 The Mysterious Benedict Society, a US adventure series based on the award-winning books of the same name by Trenton Lee Stewart, focusing on a group of children recruited by the talented Mr Benedict to infiltrate a school that is using children to control people’s minds.
Show: The Mysterious Benedict Society
Platform and streaming: Disney+
These exciting stories in the children-saving-the-world genre have a flavour of Lemony Snicket and his Series Of Unfortunate Events. The emphasis is on teamwork and that working together can solve a difficult problem. The storyline has four gifted orphans winning a scholarship competition and being recruited by eccentric Mr Benedict – played by the talented and funny Tony Hale – to save the world from a global crisis known as The Emergency. The children must infiltrate the mysterious LIVE school, based on an island, to find out exactly what is going on.
It’s a brand new TV series that launched only in June 2021, so there has not yet been time for many viewing figures, but most reactions so far have been positive. The books themselves are New York Times bestsellers and Time Magazine put the title on its ‘Best Young Adult Book Of All Time’ list. Filmed mainly in Canada, there are eight episodes in the series.
Why we love it
- Children of different ages can watch and enjoy this series – and if the younger ones may not grasp all the twists and turns, the older ones certainly will.
- While not an educational series in itself, the point is hammered home that teamwork is vital to problem-solving, as each member brings different skills to the job.
- The leading children’s characters are all very individual, emphasising that being perceived as ‘different’ does not make you any less of a valuable human being, and that there is room in the world for everyone.
- Parents might enjoy solving the problems too…
Watch the trailer
Stream now on Disney+
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.