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Code Lyoko



Digital enemy and parallel world give show flair.
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What parents need to know

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

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
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:April 19, 2004
Cast:Barbara Scaff, Mirabelle Kirkland, Sharon Mann
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y7-FV
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 15 years old Written byBob the cool April 16, 2010
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byJumpinsoraa July 27, 2010
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byRainforestGal March 13, 2010

Code Awesome

I like it a lot, although there is some sexual content in there. Like when Urik and Yumi where stuck in that heating room they had to take off there shirts cuz it was so hot, Yumi showed her bra, which isn't "too" bad. There are some kissing scenes, but not like long. .
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models