American Dragon: Jake Long

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Descendant of dragons fights dark magic in NYC.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 26 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

Confusing racial stereotyping.

Violence & scariness

Fight scenes abound. Some torture, threats.

Sexy stuff

Some side comments might go over kids' heads, but parents might catch a thing or two.


Jake does not usually speak respectfully to his Grandfather.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that some of the racial stereotypes are confusing. Though there is an attempt to present a representation of urban mixtures, there is not much respect in the characterization of cultural background. There can be violence against females in the fight scenes and some macho fronting by Jake.

User Reviews

Adult Written bycartooncarro December 4, 2011

First&Second seasons are like two differents shows

I adore this show. I'm 17, watched it when I was younger but stopped 'cuz of the season two art change. Randomly got back into it, and I cannot stop.... Continue reading
Educator and Parent of a 14 year old Written bysavitar June 25, 2010

Not racist, violent

Wow, just cause one black chick talks slang the show is racialy stereotyping? It has nothing to do with her being black it has to do with where she grew up. And... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bybunniesferrets April 9, 2008

I love this show !!!

I think "American Dragon" is a fun, great show for everyone. Some good episodes are The Academy, The Ski Trip, and Breakout ! Good job Disney Channel...
Teen, 14 years old Written byicefire22 April 9, 2008


This is my favorite and my friends watch it whenever it's on. My mom even likes it. And she's 35! It's entertaining and even funny to wat... Continue reading

What's the story?

AMERICAN DRAGON: JAKE LONG is about an Asian-American boy, Jake Long (voiced by Dante Basco), who lives in New York City. A typical teenager who loves to skateboard, Jake is protecting a family secret: He is in fact a dragon, and it's his duty to protect the magical creatures that live in New York City.

Is it any good?

While kids will enjoy the pratfalls and goofy behavior of Jake and his crew, parents might cringe at the awkward portrayal of urban life in this show. Jake's posturing when talking to his grandfather, who happens to be his spiritual master, goes against the Chinese tradition of respect for one's elders. Also confusing is the "ghetto" speak of his African-American friends. It's true that cultural differences in urban living are very real; perhaps this show would be better off sticking to the action, rather than the social commentary.

The pace of the show is bouncy and entertaining, though some of the fight scenes can present scary dark forces that Jake must defeat. Some humorous moments come through, but the iffy aspects of the show outweigh the treats here. In other words, there are better programs out there for young martial arts aficionados to pursue.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to keep a secret about heritage the way Jake and his mom and sister withhold information from Mr. Long.

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