‘Arthur’, the popular educational kids’ show on PBS, faced quite some backlash when it featured a same-sex wedding, between Mr. Ratburn and his gay partner, on its season 22 premiere. As media and the entertainment world began discussing the lack of LGBTQ visibility, especially in G-rated programming, we received yet another piece of amazing news. And this time, it was from Hulu. The platform came up with its own version of a forward-thinking, animated, LGBTQ-themed series. With an aim to include more inclusive storytelling for every section of society, ‘The Bravest Knight’ is a children’s cartoon, which is one among the first kid-centric shows to openly feature a gay couple.
An adaptation of the famous children’s book by Daniel Errico, namely, ‘The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived’, season 1 of the series comprises 13 episodes. It introduces us to a pumpkin-farmer-turned-knight, who is married to the prince of his dreams (literally), and the pair are together raising their 10-year-old adopted daughter, Nia.
The Bravest Knight Cast: Who is in it?
‘The Bravest Knight’ revolves around three protagonists, Sir Cedric (voiced by T.R. Knight from ‘Grey’s Anatomy‘ fame), his husband Prince Andrew (voiced by Wilson Cruz, who has featured in ‘Star Trek: Discovery‘), and the couple’s daughter Nia (Storm Reid, best known for ‘Wrinkle in Time’). The trio is almost always accompanied by a troll named Grunt (voiced by Bobby Moynihan, a cast member of ‘Saturday Night Live’).
Other notable voice artists featured on the show are RuPaul, Christine Baranski, Wanda Sykes, Teri Polo, Steven Weber, Donna Murphy, AJ McLean, Dot-Marie Jones, Maz Jobrani, and Chance Hurstfield. The show’s theme song is composed by Justin Tranter, who has collaborated with famed musical superstars such as Nick Jonas and Christina Aguilera.
The Bravest Knight Plot: What is it about?
‘The Bravest Knight’ introduces us to a mixed-race family, which comprises the happily married same-sex couple, Sir Cedric and Prince Andrew, and their daughter Nia. The tale is about Nia’s journey where she endeavors to become a daring knight while listening to the stories from her father, who was formerly a day-time, pumpkin farmer but is now a full-fledged knight. With two very supportive dads, Nia is a lucky 10-year-old. She gets inspired by the tales of perseverance and passion from Cedric’s childhood. Nia learns important values, including honor, justice, and compassion, when she listens to her father. She gradually understands that knighthood is not only about slaying dragons. It involves much more.
For example, in one of the episodes, the not-yet-knight Nia takes a training session from Cedric on “the proper ways to attempt a tower rescue.” During the narration, we see Sir Cedric recounting the first time he met his troll friend, Grunt, and managed to escape the clutches of an evil witch. ‘The Bravest Knight’ entwines three very important social issues — LGBTQ visibility, child adoption, and interracial relationships — and highlights them through kids’ programming. Incorporating educational elements and values, it is a novel attempt from Hulu to emphasize the healthy growth of the current youth, especially children. Since they belong to the same world that we live in, they need to know about its real scenario. Only then they would be able to understand that everybody deserves love, support, and acceptance. If they don’t learn about such issues during their childhood, they would not understand these things once they grow up.