Parents' Guide to

Carmen Sandiego

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Globe-trotting thief's action-packed origin story.

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

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 2+

Great reeboot on a classic cartoon but could be improved

Im a big fan of thios show from the classiv series when i was a kid. You can sstill find full youtube vids of all the episodes. I introuduced my daughter to Carmen with the classic and she loved it and so was over the moon when she heard about this reboot. Ill admit i was intrerested myself in checking it out. While I love the story lines i noticed a big flaw. The origonal series was more education entertainment value with your child picking up on a lot more facts than you see in this new version. While factas are shown multiple times throughout each episode in the origonal you dont get as much in these episodes. Yes you get a barely two minute segment in each episode I feel that netflix has gone off what made the bran the brand slightly to favor more entertainment than education which is what the games and tv series were designed around nad had a nice balance of the two. Whilst this does not

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Great messages
Great role models
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age 10+

Ideas too violent for kids

The plot is intriguing but is way too intense and violent for any kid under 11 years old. Characters are being arrested, manipulated, tortured, killed. Too serious without the payoff of good lessons or good feelings.

This title has:

Too much violence
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (44 ):

Everybody's favorite thief returns in grand fashion in this exhilarating series with a crack female lead and her arsenal of gadgets, perception, and ... geography? Carmen Sandiego refreshes the best of the former iterations of the red-clad character: She's smart, she's crafty, and she loves the thrill of the chase and the feel of clutching quarry from the hands of her adversaries. What's changed most is how much more we know about her now, and that just makes her all the more endearing. Instead of stealing artifacts for the V.I.L.E. organization, Carmen is the world's best defense against the group's schemes, and she's in league with detectives Zack and Ivy now instead of competing with them.

Carmen Sandiego never was a particularly threatening baddie, but the fact that she's adept at breaking and entering and an accomplished thief made her the obvious antagonist of her story. That's different now, and it's much more fun to root for her than against her. Also surprisingly fun is how this show incorporates solid geography lessons into each episode, introducing kids to basic facts about each new location on Carmen's travel list. Not only is this content good for viewers' sense of different places and cultures, it's also a reminder that knowledge can be an effective tool against the world's ills and one's enemies.

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