6teen

Common Sense Media says

Edgy teen cartoon has some positive messages, too.

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What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
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
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Brooke D'Orsay, Megan Fahlenbock, Stacey DePass
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship, High school, Misfits and underdogs
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written bynduns July 11, 2010
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10
QUALITY
 

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. Seriously, to get after this show and say it sucks because it's not "age-appropriate" is like giving a horror movie a negative review for being scary. You're basically criticizing the show for doing its job! This along with every show made by them (Total Drama Island, Total Drama Action and Stoked) are not intended for kids. They were made specifically for teens/adults. If you actually let your kid watch this just because it's animated and was licensed by cartoon network, you only have yourself to blame. Obviously, you ignored the rating the show was given and did no research on it whatsoever, so it's partly your fault your kid was exposed to it. With that said, Cartoon Network executives did not make this show. It was made here in Canada and is shown on prime time here, clearly proving that it wasn't intended for kids. So if you gotta hate on the show, get after what really matters, like the humor or the characters, not whether it's appropriate for kids or not, otherwise you're hating on it for the wrong reasons.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old October 4, 2009
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11
QUALITY
 

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 love this show because of that. It also has a good storyline: teenagers that hang out in a mall and BE TEENAGERS! Of course, in a diverse group there will be sterotypicalities, but you have to live with them. That is part of the comedy. Jonesy (one of the teenagers) flirts with women and wants to see them naked, however, this show is animated and it is not that graphic (nor will it ever be), so there's the sexy stuff, and then for the language is the use of "ass" and "perv" and the ocassional 'playgroud' words like "shut up" and "you're a cow". But the highlights are definitely the positive messages about being yourself, and a good role model is somebody who makes mistakes, and EVERY lead roll in this show makes mistakes. The reason I rate it 11+ is because of the quality. The show was made for tweens, and it is obvious, so most young children would more than likely think that this show is "boring". Younger parents would think this show is ok, not the best, but not awful, and older parents would force you to turn the television off, teens would relate to it, but think that it was nothing new, so the show was aimed for tweens so that they could get a taste of being a teenager (and at that point they would get the comedy of it) and have fun with this show. 11+ and five stars to 6teen!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byBlueDragonMaster98 November 10, 2011
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10
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I like it

I'm 18 and still find it enjoyable. The characters can be annoying sometimes, but other times, it's really funny. They perhaps make it look a bit too easy to get a job though. Language can include normal insults, and a few c-words, and one character almost says the a-word, but doesn't. Talk of seeing girls naked, one is- nothing shown of course, and a few girls are rarely, but entirely shown, in their bras and panties, though for a short time only. In one episode, a character tries to make a pottery bowl for his girlfriend, but his friends think it's a breast, and occasionally use the word boob, and... it really does look like one.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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