6teen

TV review by
Larisa Wiseman, Common Sense Media
6teen TV Poster Image
Edgy teen cartoon has some positive messages, too.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 71 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Character stereotypes exist, but not to the detriment of the show's humor or messages. Blondes tend to be ditzy, a popular teen spends most of his time thinking about girls, a sharp-tongued free thinker shows little respect for authority. Despite their differences, though, the teens find common ground in their affection for each other, resulting in the show's positive messages about relationships and coping with the trials of the teen years.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The teens are at times lazy, irresponsible, impatient, and crude, but they're also sensitive to each other's needs and willing to lend a hand to a friend. While they're not perfect, their flaws make them believable enough to hold tweens' attention long enough for their messages to sink in. Adults are rarely a factor in the show. The teens represent a variety of ethnic backgrounds and subcultures.

Violence
Sex

Boy-girl relationships are common among teens, and they discuss them with their friends. Girls are seen in bras and panties or, more rarely, in the nude with black bars covering their chest and groin areas. Kissing, hand-holding, hugging, and cuddling is shown; further sexuality is suggestive rather than obvious. A teen's light saber extends when he sees a pretty girl, for instance, and a friend misinterprets a girl's fast breathing and squealing as a make-out session instead of her reaction to a rollercoaster ride. Guys talk about wanting to see girls naked and are known to ogle over them.

Language

"Sucks," "jerk," and "ass," plus body references like "boobs."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that boy-girl relationships figure prominently in this teen cartoon, which means there's physical contact like kissing and hugging as well as some innuendo relating to sexier stuff like erections and bedroom noises. The characters are average teens who occasionally push boundaries and suffer the consequences, and their missteps are at the heart of the show's humor. While this makes them less than stellar individual role models, as a whole they illustrate the ups and downs of teen life and the benefits of having true friends to lean on through it all. Silliness, gross-out humor (farting contests, zits, etc.), occasional language ("ass," "boobs," "sucks"), and the kind of fantasy that's to be expected from a show set in a mall will keep your teens' attention, but that's offset by an ethnically and socially diverse group of characters who muddle through relatable predicaments and find a sense of belonging with each other.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynduns July 11, 2010

I love this show. Now for a public service announcement that I shall proceed to post on every show by these people

I swear, every single negative review I see for this show is from some oversensitive parent/child who assumes that this show is intended for children. Seriousl... Continue reading
Adult Written byxxaustinxx209 November 11, 2008

its ok but sometimes can get out of hand for kids under 10

It has some bad words.Sometimes has alot of violence.sometimes can have a bad influence on kids.One time they made a pipe for pot.The show can probaly encourage... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old October 4, 2009

Perfect for Tweens & up, but may go over younger children's heads

I love this show. It's funny and fairly entertaining. The thing about it is like the Common Sense Media People said, "It has a diverse group." I... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 21, 2010

Good, but Caitlin is shallow

its a good show. My favorite characters are Jen and Nikki, but the problem is that caitlin is shallow and all she cares about is looking pretty and shopping. Fo... Continue reading

What's the story?

6TEEN is a Canadian cartoon that centers on six teenage friends whose lives converge every day at the local mall, where they all hang out and hold down after-school jobs to varying degrees of success. There's Jen (voiced by Megan Fahlenbock), a type-A personality and star athlete; sweet but flighty fashionista Caitlin (Brooke D'Orsay); and free-spirited Nikki (Stacey DePass). Nikki's self-obsessed boyfriend, Jonesy (Terry McGurrin), is also Jen's stepbrother; laid-back Jude (Christian Potenza) just goes with the flow; and the easygoing musician Wyatt (Jess Gibbons) rounds out the group. When school's out, these teens' social lives revolve around the comings and goings of the shopping center's customers and the funny and unusual happenings within the mall.

Is it any good?

It's no small feat to balance teens' desire for edgier content in their shows with parents' quest for some degree of innocuous entertainment for this impressionable viewing audience, and to toe this line in a cartoon is even more impressive. 6teen doesn't ignore the fact that teens have a growing awareness of relationships, sexuality, and life events; rather it crafts storylines that incorporate these issues in comical ways that still manage to leave teens with a positive view of friendship, dating, and handling the unexpected coming-of-age woes in their own lives. Yes, it does paint a mostly carefree picture of the characters' lives that might not entirely jibe with your own teen's, but that's also what keeps the content so light-hearted.

This is one of those cases in which the show's animation style might entice an unintended crowd of younger viewers, so be sure to keep this one off your younger kids' watch list. Teens can find the humor in the characters' antics and individual personalities without mistaking their actions for a playbook for life, but the same can't be said for kids' less experienced judgment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what the media says about relationships between teens. Do you find that what you see in movies and on TV reflects what you experience among your peers? Which shows tend to be more realistic than others?

  • Do producers have a responsibility to moralize the TV shows, movies, music, etc. that we consume? Who decides where the line exists between entertainment and sensationalism? Have you ever been surprised at the nature of something you've seen or heard on TV?

  • Watch TV commercials and look through magazines for ads. In what ways is sex used as a marketing tool? How effective is this tactic?

  • Scan job ads online or in print. What skills do you have that lend themselves to particular jobs?

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