Class of 3000

Common Sense Media says

OutKast star inspires music students in fun 'toon.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show features a cast of racially and socio-economically diverse characters who, despite their differences, bond through their love of music. The main adult character is an unlikely teacher whom the students respect and who offers nuggets of wisdom based on his personal experiences in the real world.

Violence & scariness

Some cartoon rough-and-tumble with long falls, explosions, and lots of flashy crash-bang scenes -- which never lead to injury.

Sexy stuff

Adult characters occasionally engage in very mild flirting.

Language

Name-calling (like "idiot") is as bad as it gets, and even that's rare.

Consumerism

Each episode includes a new song from the show's Grammy-winning creator, so kids will probably ask for the soundtrack.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cartoon -- which was created by Grammy winner Andre "3000" Benjamin of OutKast -- features a racially and socio-economically diverse cast of kids. The main character is a worldwide music superstar who's searching for the fulfillment that fame hasn't brought him; his work with the kids both excites them and inspires him. The show is full of positive messages about creativity, self-respect, friendship, and the importance of a well-rounded education. While it's mostly devoid of iffy content, occasional cartoon violence and some scary characters (ghost-like creatures with snake tongues, for example) might be too much for very young viewers.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Created by Grammy-winning musician Andre "3000" Benjamin of OutKast, CLASS OF 3000 centers on a group of musical prodigies whose lives change when an international superstar takes over as their music teacher. Haunted by an inexplicable emptiness, famous musician Sunny Bridges (voiced by Benjamin) returns to his hometown of Atlanta and takes a teaching job at his alma mater, the Westley School for the Performing Arts. Laid-back Sunny really connects with his students, inspiring their creativity in new ways and giving them real-world advice. In no time, Li'l D (Small Fire), Tamika (Crystal Scales), Eddie (Tom Kenny), and the others are playing to a new beat; through their excitement, Sunny finds renewed inspiration for his own music.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Class of 3000 offers a rich cast of diverse characters, colorful animation, and fun (if sometimes somewhat far-fetched) storylines. Young viewers will be hard pressed to miss the many positive messages about friendship, education, and self-confidence that jump out of each episode.

In addition to his creative responsibilities, Benjamin also contributes original songs and music videos to each episode (a tie-in album is available) -- the entire package may just leave your kids with a renewed interest in music.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about music and the arts. Why is it important to study the arts? Kids: How does music make you feel? What are your favorite instruments or songs? Parents can take this opportunity to encourage an interest in music by exposing their kids to concerts and musicals. Families can also talk about friendship. How do people become friends? What is it about your kids' friends that they like? How do friends resolve differences?

TV details

Cast:Andre Benjamin, Crystal Scales, Small Fire
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:Streaming

This review of Class of 3000 was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 11 years old Written byvotelover April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 
Kid, 11 years old Written byMojo April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Saw it

This is the best cartoonnetwork show ever!(It's the only good one.)All of th eare shows are just plain (beep).

Adult Written byviktoria004 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

great

i thought it was funny and racially diverse. Great show for fighting off racism.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Top Kids' Movies: An Essential Guide for Families