Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures
What parents need to know
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?
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?