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Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures

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Funny buddy comedy for tweens has strong crush storyline.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, but there are some teaching moments in how Kelly maintains a friendship with Bucket while graciously deflecting his romantic advancements. Friendship in general is a recurrent theme.

Positive messages

The guys' relationship has some nice themes of friendship, which they value over everything else. A teen girl graciously deflects advances from guys while maintaining friendships with them. Characters often play tricks on one another for their own personal gain, but they make amends and tie up loose ends within the show's time parameters. Occasionally a character's weight becomes an unstated point of humor, as when he throws out his back doing a cartwheel or allows himself to be tricked by an attractive woman who flirts with him to close a business deal.

Positive role models

The teens are left to their own devices, as adults are rarely to be found. Most of the teens have good intentions but sometimes let their desires get them into sticky situations. Kelly is a great role model for girls, since she never uses her popularity to manipulate her peers. Aloe is controlling over his best friend, who caters to his whims and goes along with him when he picks on younger and less popular teens.

Violence & scariness

Slapstick-style mishaps that never cause injury or harm.

Sexy stuff

Bucket's one-sided crush on Kelly is an ongoing plot point, so there's a lot of flirting (including some that causes Bucket to do some foolish things to impress her) and some references to things like making out and hickeys. Most of the content is fairly innocent, but Kelly does sport some skimpy outfits, and Bucket occasionally gets caught staring longingly at her bare midriff or flowing hair.

Language

No cursing, but some name-calling like "lame" and "moron," as well as "shut up" and "OMG."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this show's colorful characters and comedy style will appeal to young tweens, and it boasts feel-good messages about being a good friend. Most of the content is fine for the young target audience, but expect some instances of characters playing tricks on their peers for their own gain, as well as obvious attempts by a boy to get attention from his crush. One obnoxious teen is controlling over his best friend, and although it's meant to be funny, it's a gateway to discussions about bullying. Ultimately the show's portrayal of teen life is heavily sanitized, so be sure that kids are aware of the gaps in reality in the characters' lives. On the upside, there's a lot to like in the main female character, whose popularity never leads her to manipulate other people's feelings and who manages to continue friendships while gently deflecting romantic advances from a handful of guys.

What's the story?

In BUCKET & SKINNER'S EPIC ADVENTURES, longtime best friends Bucket (Taylor Gray) and Skinner (Dillon Lane) strive to find the awesomeness of each day while balancing school, their social lives, and an insatiable thirst for surfing. Fortunately for them, their beachfront town offers plenty of opportunity for the latter, and catching waves helps take the edge off the uncertainties of teen life. While laid-back Skinner approaches life with a no-care attitude, Bucket's a little more measured in his actions, especially when it comes to his hopes for winning the affection of his crush, Kelly (Ashley Argota), and avoiding the irritating presence of his social nemesis, Aloe (Glenn McCuen).

Is it any good?

QUALITY

This lighthearted buddy comedy has fun written all over it, which certainly will delight and entertain young tweens. Bucket and Skinner are a modern-day odd couple, and the discrepancies in their personalities –- Skinner's ultra-chill to Bucket's overanalysis –- make for some appropriately wacky predicaments. Though the show greatly glosses over the realities of teen life (school is merely an extension of their social life, and an absence of adults usually means minimal responsibilities), that shouldn't keep tweens from enjoying some laughs.

 

The fact that the stories often center on Bucket's unabashed desire for a romantic relationship with Kelly offers parents the opportunity to talk to tweens about healthy relationships. Be sure to point out how Kelly stays friendly with Bucket while resisting his advances, and use the chance to reiterate your own family's values and rules around dating. And while you're at it, talk to your kids about how the show puts a humorous spin on issues like bullying -- and the kinds of messages that sends to the audience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about relationships. What qualities does Bucket find appealing in Kelly? Are these same qualities important to you? Why is it important to be friends with a person before the relationship evolves into something else?

  • What does it mean to be dating someone? What are your family's rules about dating? What's an appropriate age to start thinking about a more serious relationship with someone?

  • What do you think this show is trying to say about teens' social lives? Are there any relationships that you think are models of good behavior? How do issues like bullying play a role in the stories? Can you spot negative behavior when it's part of a funny story?

TV details

Premiere date:July 1, 2011
Cast:Ashley Argota, Dillon Lane, Taylor Gray
Network:Nickelodeon
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 11 years old July 24, 2013

Bucket and Skinner

One of the worst I have ever seen.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 25, 2012

It's OK.

First off,this show DOES intend to entertain than to edacate.But this show has some edacational lessons.Sure there is named calling (also,some of the characters say stuff like "shut up").Overall:This is is alright.
Teen, 13 years old Written byfunnyjst July 9, 2011

Its Pretty GOOD!

I've really come to enjoy this show, because of their funny and mischievious situations and how they get out of them. I really love the character Piper because she may seem self-conceeded and power hungry, she just turns thing around brings them back. She also has some funny schemes that made me laugh out loud. The Main Characters can be funny, but I prefer Piper over them. So really I think you should watch the show for her.
What other families should know
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