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Code Lyoko

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
Code Lyoko TV Poster Image
Digital enemy and parallel world give show flair.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 38 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show's intent is to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

The show isn't out to impart any specific lessons, but there are some strong examples of teamwork and respectful friendship.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although teachers/adult role models are sometimes tricked by kids, the kids themselves are confident and resourceful.

Violence & Scariness

Kids battle high-tech monsters in frequent cartoon fight scenes.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the kids in this action cartoon series travel to a parallel universe called Lyoko to battle digital monsters controlled by an evil computer. Fight scenes are limited to the kids' visits to Lyoko, but the computer creates super viruses that possess everyday objects and animals in the real world and make them do its bidding. Although the adult role models are easily outsmarted by the main characters, the upside is the respectful friendship that allows the kids to be confident and self-sufficient.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHaloFreak123 April 9, 2008
This show sucks.
Adult Written bySupercomputer1 June 11, 2012


The parents that are disappointed in the show or don't let their kids watch for the reason that the character Yumi is show in her undergarment should not b... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byJumpinsoraa July 27, 2010
Teen, 15 years old Written byBob the cool April 16, 2010

What's the story?

CODE LYOKO is the story of four boarding school friends who, despite very different personalities, rely on each other as they muddle through the process of growing up. The new-age twist to this timeless tale is that the foursome alone knows of the existence of XANA, a villainous computer in a parallel world whose aim is to annihilate Earth. In a secret computer lab within their school, Jeremy, Ulrich, Odd, and Yumi battle XANA's efforts with help from Aelita, a digital resident of Lyoko. Genius Jeremy leads the foursome as the techie who can "virtualize" the others into Lyoko, where each has unique powers.

Is it any good?

Kids will like the battles in Lyoko -- each plays out much like a video game. The monsters' hits on the heroes deduct "life points" from them, and once they've run out, they are "devirtualized" back into the computer lab. Jeremy can also reverse time to maintain the secrecy of the foursome's efforts on Earth, but in doing so, he strengthens XANA's powers. Strategy and teamwork are themes throughout the series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the idea of fighting an enemy that can subtly influence our lives. How can someone or something we can't see pose a threat to us?

  • Does the media and/or the Internet enable those who seek to do harm? How can you protect yourself from this kind of threat?

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