Parents' Guide to

Captain Planet and the Planeteers

By Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Help Captain Planet save the earth!

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 14+
i think captain planet and the planeteers is a very good show but its not for kids because its very vilonte theres a gorilla hand that was turned into a ash tray by poachers linkas cousin dies of a drug overdose theres a driveby shootout of a family and a realistic image of a dead kid and theres some Adult jokes and 2 episodes are about drugs and aids with that being said captain planet and the planeteers is not for kids and i dont recommend it for anyone under the age of 14

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Too much violence
age 6+

An underappreciate show with plenty of good messages

This was more than an animated series, this is the show that turned me into an environmental advocate. Yes, I know there are some weaknesses, but at least take the message and go with it.

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Great messages

Is It Any Good?

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The show offers plenty of factual information to digest. For example, one episode features the eco-villains attempting to destroy a manatee's habitat with a motor boat. The Planeteers provide in-depth background on manatees' natural environment and behavior toward humans. The educational segments offer a nice counterpoint to the action that dominates the rest of the show. But there's also a lot of mainstream garbage littering the show. The motor boat in the episode about the manatees is used for a Baywatch party, and the male Planeteers talk about wanting to give Baywatch star "Mrs. Bubblebutt" mouth to mouth as the camera moves in for a close-up on her rear end. The female Planeteers, meanwhile, label the Baywatch star with colorful words like "stupid" and "bimbo," all while the eco-villains dress in drag to look like the star and use a machine gun to shoot one of the Planeteers into the ocean. For a series that's aimed at kids, the show sometimes has a PG-13 feel to it -- especially when the protagonists are setting such bad examples.

As the first animated series to teach kids about key environmental concerns, in many ways Captain Planet -- which offers plenty of valuable lessons -- was ahead of its time. Expect to walk away with a better understanding of environmental issues like the ozone layer and animal rights. Addressing these issues with such clarity is admirable. However, you can also expect your fair share of violence, language mishaps, and sexual innuendos (which is the largest repeat offender). Captain Planet and the Planeteers is fun and retro, but it's not your best bet for younger grade-schoolers.

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