Ben 10

TV review by
Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Alien-morphing and action -- every boy's dream.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 42 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 65 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value
Positive Messages

Good and evil are clearly defined, and the shows heroes are always fighting for what's right. Even with superpowers, Ben turns to his grandfather and female cousin for support.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ben doesn't hesitate to ask for help when he needs it. Gwen is a strong, resourceful girl and a strong role model.

Violence & Scariness

Punching, kicking, shooting, wrestling, chasing -- with all of the above or some combo packed in each episode.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Lots of tie-in merchandise available.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this 10-year-old superhero battles villains using physical violence. If parents have strong feelings about not letting their kids watch cartoons containing violence, then this one isn't for them. When facing evil, Ben is able to morph into one of 10 different alien creatures. This transformation is accompanied by dramatic visuals, dialogue, and music that may frighten younger viewers (especially those who don't understand the fantasy vs. reality concept). Some kids may be alarmed when the villains attack, punch, throw, shoot, and do whatever it takes to stop Ben. On a positive note, Ben relies on his Grandpa Max and cousin Gwen to help him get out of dangerous situations.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJsivaches January 29, 2017

Ignore almost every other parent review.

"I could review this 60 ep tv series based on this one second clip I saw or I could not review becuase I haven't seen the series."
Why do these p... Continue reading
Adult Written byHolly R. November 10, 2017

Didn't realize this show is controversial

I noticed reviewers who mentioned that it caused the kids to act out violently and misbehave. I even noticed that another reviewer mentioned that "kids 2-8... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byZUULRULE123 August 28, 2013

Two words:boring and overrated

Why do so many people love this show?It is just SOOOOOOOOOOO BORING Me and my sister hates this show.It's not the worst but it's still pretty bad.This... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 31, 2009

no way

don't like it. never will.

What's the story?

Ben Tennyson (voiced by Claudia Schmidt) is a relatable 10-year-old who gets frustrated with his family, has challenges with peers, and gets caught up in problems that he can't solve alone. The difference is that his solution to solving problems starts with using his Omnitrix, a watch-like device that he found and wears. On it he can choose which one of 10 different aliens he wants to become. Though ultimately he's still Ben, just transformed into an alien form with superhero powers.

Is it any good?

If parents have strong feelings about not wanting their kids to watch violent cartoons, this one isn't for them. The animation is rich and colorful, inspired by the look of Japanese anime. Dialogue between main characters Max, Gwen, and Ben isn't up-to-par with the visuals, though, and needs to be updated to reflect how kids really speak to each other. Still, overlooking the violence, BEN 10 gives kids a peek into the world of science-fiction, along with exciting action and creative animation.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes this kid a hero. Is it his ability to morph into aliens and fight off villains, or is it that he takes on challenges and asks for support when needed?

  • Is it ever OK to fight back? When are other responses appropriate?

  • If kids are interested in Ben's alien-morphing abilities, use this opportunity to introduce science-fiction books and films.

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