A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some advanced vocabulary is used like "dignitary" and "diplomacy."
Teamwork makes the dream work.
Positive Role Models
The members of the Action League work together to achieve their goals.
The members of the Action League come from a variety of backgrounds, from a GI Joe action figure to a Barbie-like doll.
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Violence & Scariness
Toy characters are thrown, smashed, run over by vehicles, flushed down the toilet, and more.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The Flesh is an action figure who is nearly always naked. Because he's an action figure, there's nothing to see besides his big muscles, however, in one short, he appears on a talk show and the space for his private parts is blurred out.
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Namecalling includes words like "dimwit," "dumb," "moron," "stupid," and "dingbat."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Action League Now! is a throwback Nickelodeon comedy that combines live action and stop motion visuals. It began as a short segment on Kablam! and All That before becoming its own half-hour show. Though the characters are a mix of action figures, dolls and other toys, and there is plenty of violence. For example, characters get smashed, electrocuted, run over by vehicles, and thrown from windows. One character -- an action figure named The Flesh -- is nearly always naked. There is no shortage of gross stuff like stinky jokes and characters getting thrown in the toilet…and flushed.
Is It Any Good?
This unique show brings on the laughs across generations. Parents who grew up on Action League Now! will get a kick out of rewatching it with their kids. It's a simple concept that combines so much of what kids love -- action figures, super heroes, and gross stuff. It's surprising that the show hasn't been rebooted for today's youth but cool to see this Nickelodeon classic stand the test of time.
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