Atomic Betty

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Spunky space-travelling heroine is positive model for kids.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

The show doesn’t push obviously positive messages, but it does center on a capable female lead character who uses smarts rather than brawn to thwart the bad guys.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Betty, Sparky, and X-5 rely on teamwork and problem-solving skills to take down the bad guys. Penelope plays a mean-girl role, constantly putting Betty down, but self-assured Betty resists her trap. Some mild rude behavior like burping. Betty’s parents are clueless to their daughter’s extracurricular activities and so are absent for much of the show. When her mother is in the picture, she often tries to encourage her daughter to dress and act in a more feminine way than she does, pushing make-up and fashionable new outfits on the reluctant tween.

Violence & Scariness

Some martial arts-style fighting, and the bad guys use laser guns, but no one suffers major injury as a result. Atomic Betty and her crew favor a more humane style of fighting, like crafting traps or immobilizing the enemy with ropes. Mild peril always turns out well and is presented as humorous rather than truly frightening.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Very rare name-calling is limited to mild words like “freak.”

Consumerism

The series is tied to a product line of games, clothes, and toys.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this action-adventure cartoon centers on a smart, self-assured tween girl who’s more concerned with saving the world from evil domination than she is with stereotypical pursuits like popularity and fashion. Betty rises above the influence of a superficial mother and a self-absorbed classmate to devote her time to preserving galactic peace, which she does with the help of two loyal friends. The battles between good and evil do include some violence, but it's fairly mild (a few laser guns, some kicks and scrapes) and very short-lived. In other words, as cartoons go, this is a surprisingly well-rounded option for kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byneoking2002_neo October 11, 2010

So Happy to see Atomic Betty Back! ;)

I used to remember watching Atomic Betty (some of her) back when she was on Cartoon Network! It's a very good feminine action cartoon that many could never... Continue reading
Adult Written byAngelistic-101 August 28, 2013

You go girl!

I've always loved this show as a kid! Atomic Betty was one of my favourite cartoons growing up. In this day and age, finding a show with a female protagoni... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 8, 2012

AWESOME!

I like this cartoon. I am singing the theme song in my head as I write. I think it is slightly educational. It is one of the best cartoons ever!
Teen, 13 years old Written byTeenJeremiah November 25, 2017

THIS SHOW ROCKS TO THE TOP!!!!!

THIS SHOW IS ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS ON DISCOVERY FAMILY AND CARTOON NETWORK TO!!! Betty looks like a very very hot and sexy astronaut girl. And I like her sexy a... Continue reading

What's the story?

When evil threatens galactic peace, self-declared “Defender of the Cosmos” Atomic Betty (voiced by Tajja Isen) is quick to defend the existence of residents of planets near and far. A mild-mannered junior high student by day, when duty calls, Atomic Betty jumps into action with her faithful partners, enthusiastic co-pilot Sparky (Rick Miller) and omniscient robot X-5 (Bruce Hunter). Together the team attempts to thwart the advances of villains like Maximus I.Q. (Colin Fox). The show originally aired from 2004-2008.

Is it any good?

ATOMIC BETTY proves that equal opportunity exists even in the cartoon world. This spunky young space traveler can hold her own in a male-dominated field of action-adventure characters, and the show ups the ante on its TV peers by including some worthwhile messages as well. Far from being an accidental heroine, Betty thrives on the challenge of unraveling her adversaries’ evil plans and restoring the galactic balance. But her best quality is her dissimilarity to many other tween girls -- cartoon or not -- on TV today. She’s unaffected by peer pressure and popularity and relies on her teammates and her smarts to get the job done.

As for the show’s content, there’s nothing worrisome for its intended kid audience aside from some mild potty humor and a smattering of brief scuffles between Betty’s team and the bad guys. In the end, though, none of these minor blemishes tarnish the show’s greatest asset -- its respectable heroine.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about heroes. Who are some of your heroes? How would you define a hero? What qualities are most important to you in selecting a role model? How can their actions change how you feel about them?

  • Talk about responsibility. What are your responsibilities at home and in school? Who determines these responsibilities? Do you think they’re fair? How are people responsible for each other?

  • How does this cartoon compare with some of your favorites? Did it strike you as funny? What did you think of the characters? Could you relate to Betty?

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