Kim Possible

Common Sense Media says

Girl power is possible! Elementary kids OK.

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Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main characters value friends, family, and saving the world. One African-American and one Jewish main character. Social cliques exist at the high school, and some kids reject others. Clever, sometimes sarcastic humor aiming for the middle-school set.

Violence & scariness

Frequent action-hero violence, including hitting and kicking. Kim carries a device that looks like a gun but shoots a grappling hook.

Sexy stuff

Some revealing outfits and voluptuous characters. In later seasons, Kim and her boyfriend kiss.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Kim never goes anywhere without her high-tech handheld device. She has a computer in her locker and private jets, helicopters, jet skis, etc., at her disposal.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kim is a good role model in that she's smart and independent, but her profession makes for a surprisingly violent cartoon. Some episodes involve family, but mostly Kim and Ron operate in their own dangerous world. Villains are as goofy as they are treacherous and probably won't scare kids. Some women and men characters are drawn quite voluptuously, including Kim, whose outfits always show her navel.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

KIM POSSIBLE capitalizes on the female villain-fighting craze that sparked with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Alias -- but tones it down for younger kids. Kim (Christy Carlson Romano) is a "normal" teenager who happens to be a Super Agent. Her sidekick is a timid teenager named Ron Stoppable (Will Friedle). Like the Powerpuff Girls, Kim lives in a world colored hip and retro, playing off campy spy movies of the 1960s and '70s.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The show's mature humor and high school characters entertain older kids and preteens. Kim's parents, Dr. and Dr. Possible (Gary Cole and Jean Smart), show up at all the right times.

Because it's kids' programming on the Disney Channel, the show presents some good lessons. But lessons may get muddled and nearly lost as the heroes shimmy up rope ladders dangling from helicopters and dodge spinning tops of doom. As long as you're not expecting too much in the way of educational value, you'll probably have plenty of fun with this one.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the nature of Kim's lifestyle. Does trouble find her, or does she go looking for trouble? Is she a role model for young girls in any way? Do kids find it "different" to have a girl as the lead, and the boy as her sidekick?

TV details

Cast:Nancy Cartwright, Will Friedle
Networks:ABC, Disney Channel
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures, Great girl role models
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 June 24, 2010
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Nostalgic Show (3.5 stars)

I used to love this show, and I still like it :). I like most of the characters, and while the storylines were never groundbreaking, they were still entertaing. I wish Disney Channel would show this again. The violence is very mild; in fact, no one really gets hurt. Weapons are used (no guns) and there is some physical fighting, but again, mild. There's also some flirting and kissing. Kim's outfits usually have her stomach showing, but it's not really sexual.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Adult Written byMidnightCresent June 22, 2010
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Nothings Impossible, so maybe it will come back on!?

I use to love this show! Then it only got put on in the middle of the night. I sorta stopped watching it when in that movie Ron and Kim end up dating because it sort of got too sappy and lost its fun kidish nature. Otherwise it wasn't too bad,

What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byBeliefs-Wonder May 5, 2010
AGE
4
QUALITY
 

I used to love it, but I just lost interest when her and Ron started dating. It got sorta sappy, I mean its not a teenage sit-com, its a cartoon. But otherwise I LOVE it.

What other families should know
Too much sex

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