A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Inspires interest in music.
The show features a cast of racially and socio-economically diverse characters who, despite their differences, bond through their love of music.
Positive Role Models
The main adult character is an unlikely teacher whom the students respect and who offers nuggets of wisdom based on his personal experiences in the real world.
Violence & Scariness
Some cartoon rough-and-tumble with long falls, explosions, and lots of flashy crash-bang scenes -- which never lead to injury.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adult characters occasionally engage in very mild flirting.
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Name-calling (like "idiot") is as bad as it gets, and even that's rare.
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Products & Purchases
Each episode includes a new song from the show's Grammy-winning creator, so kids will probably ask for the soundtrack.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cartoon -- which was created by Grammy winner Andre "3000" Benjamin of OutKast -- features a racially and socio-economically diverse cast of kids. The main character is a worldwide music superstar who's searching for the fulfillment that fame hasn't brought him; his work with the kids both excites them and inspires him. The show is full of positive messages about creativity, self-respect, friendship, and the importance of a well-rounded education. While it's mostly devoid of iffy content, occasional cartoon violence and some scary characters (ghost-like creatures with snake tongues, for example) might be too much for very young viewers.
Is It Any Good?
Class of 3000 offers a rich cast of diverse characters, colorful animation, and fun (if sometimes somewhat far-fetched) storylines. Young viewers will be hard pressed to miss the many positive messages about friendship, education, and self-confidence that jump out of each episode.
In addition to his creative responsibilities, Benjamin also contributes original songs and music videos to each episode (a tie-in album is available) -- the entire package may just leave your kids with a renewed interest in music.
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