Ben 10

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

age 9+
Based on 41 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 57 reviews

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 byiberian April 28, 2009

Very disturbing - Not appropriate for young children

My son, who just turned five, has been into Ben 10 for a while. He has some Ben 10 toys, including the watch. And he spends a lot of time with a friend at pre... Continue reading
Adult Written byAnne Mc November 22, 2009

Too dark and violent for kids

I feel Ben 10 is very violent and dark. The solution to all problems seems to be through violence and destroying things
Kid, 11 years old July 30, 2014

Pathetic Excuse for a Television Program Packed with Violence and Scenarios that Do Not Intrigue!

I have an eight-year-old brother who has adored the show since he was like six or seven. I'm surprised he can get through the show. Cartoon violence isn... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2011

Hey, girls can watch these shows too

I feel kind of funny to watch this, when its targeted at boys. Well boys do like action shows don't they? I use to watch this and I don't remember blo... Continue reading

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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