Aaron Stone

Common Sense Media says

Teen gamer becomes real hero in tween-targeted action show.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show includes positive take-aways about responsibility, duty, and family relationships, but it also glamorizes and promotes video gaming.

Positive role models

Charlie feels pressured to help save the world as Aaron Stone -- in part because he thinks it will help his struggling single mom. He sometimes chooses to avoid socializing with real people in favor of interacting with his virtual friends in the online game. But the virtual world eventually crosses over into the real one, and Charlie/Aaron is called upon to become a real hero.

Violence

Plenty of heroic action -- including martial arts combat and some weapons -- but injuries and actual blood are rare. The Hero Rising game also features plenty of combat, but again, no actual gore.

Sex

Some mild flirting among teens.

Language

"Kick butt" is about as strong as it gets.

Consumerism

An important part of the show is a fictional video game called Hero Rising (which Disney is creating as a real-life game as well), and the series heavily promotes gaming.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Disney XD series is about a teen video gamer who's tapped to fight a group of real criminals bent on world domination. Perhaps not surprisingly, then, gaming takes center stage in the series, with characters frequently talking about and/or playing the central game (sometimes instead of interacting with each other in person). So expect plenty of action (though not much in the way of injuries or blood), both in the game and out of it. There's also some innocent high school flirting, but no swearing or drinking/smoking. Charlie is motivated to save the world partly by the fact that it will help his struggling single mom and younger brother.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Charlie Lambert (Kelly Blatz) is living a double life. By day, he's an average high school student -- but after school, he dives into his favorite video game, Hero Rising. There he becomes AARON STONE, the top player in a virtual world that's threatened by the evil Omega Defiance. Charlie is stunned to learn that the game is based on an actual conspiracy and that a mysterious corporation wants him to use his gaming talents to take on the real Omega Defiance and save the world. Charlie is soon zipping around the world with his android handler/sidekick Stan (J.P. Manoux), grappling with evil thugs, and rushing to get back home in time for class.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This lightweight teen action series plays on our secret desire to be special. Charlie is plucked from obscurity, told he's unique, and then sent out to save the world. It's a common fantasy, especially for young people, though the focus on video games gives the show a 21st-century twist. Unlike, say, the Harry Potter series, or even the comedic Princess Diaries, in which the main characters are born with a hidden destiny, the star of Aaron Stone is an ordinary kid whose video game habit has transformed him into a hero.

Despite a fairly thin plot, so-so action sequences, and a far-fetched concept, Aaron Stone will likely appeal to other ordinary kids, especially those who enjoy video games and harbor fantasies of greatness. While not everyone can be born with magical powers, anyone can play a game.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about gaming. Is it possible to be addicted to games? Do you think it's healthy to avoid real people in favor of interacting with virtual characters?

  • Do you think becoming Aaron Stone will help Charlie become more adept at socializing in the real world?

  • Can video game skills translate to actual fighting skills?

TV details

Cast:J.P. Manoux, Kelly Blatz, Tania Gunadi
Network:Disney XD
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Adventures, High school
TV rating:TV-Y7-FV

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Kid, 9 years old May 5, 2010
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
I have nothing against it but, there is way too much violence.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old December 1, 2009
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Aaron Stone. Nice show, full action and suspense.

Aaron Stone is a pretty cool show. There is definitely violence, kicking, punching, throwing stuff, and blasting ppl and objects with a gauntlet. The boys sometimes flirt with girls, but not really that bad. The show, however, really highlights video gaming and makes ppl wanna play "Hero Rising", which i heard is going to be a real game soon (that is sorta cool) and it will probably make ppl want to buy the game. The messages about justice and honor are good, and Aaron (known to most ppl as Charlie) fights for good and never for personal gain. Well bye now.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 8 years old October 18, 2010
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

Aaron Stone

Some Scary Moments.Show Ended Too Fast.Aaron Is Good.They Made This A Little Intense For Young Disney XD Fans.Good For Ages 9+

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