Codename: Kids Next Door

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
Codename: Kids Next Door TV Poster Image
Silly cartoon is too violent for youngest viewers.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 38 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 92 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Violence is the main choice for resolving conflicts/differences. Adults only encourage the bad behavior.

Violence & Scariness

Frequent cartoon violence (slapstick and then some). Teeth are knocked out and spit into the hand; there are torture and threats in every episode.

Sexy Stuff

Girls talk like babies. Everyone says "shut up." An African-American character is the only one to use the word "ain't" and other poor grammatical choices.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this show has lots of cartoon violence -- it's like "slapstick plus." The action is sudden and confusing, as though evil lurks around every corner. Tanks, laser guns, general warfare, threatening language, fistfights, and/or torture are present in each episode.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byltfranz April 9, 2008


I have always hated this show. It is horribly violent and the characters are mean to each other. The plot never even makes any sense. I don't let my kid... Continue reading
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 26, 2012

Grow up parents!

This show is SO funny and entertaining! If you love spy shows you'll love this!
Teen, 17 years old Written byHorace Williams March 6, 2015

CSM, grow up and stop being so overprotective.

I loved this show as a kid, and I still do. Codename: Kids Next Door was a wonderful cartoon. Nice animation, creative plot, etc. CSM is a bunch of wimps.
Teen, 14 years old Written byPaula_Queen December 17, 2014

I love this show!!

Everyone like the show Codename: Kids Next Door and I love the characters and the voice actors too!

What's the story?

Disguised as a spy series for children, CODENAME: KIDS NEXT DOOR is little more than an exercise in violent behavior. The premise is that a group of kids is an international spy unit that operates out of their tree house. Their leader, Nigel, has a British accent and the suave intonation of James Bond, though he's depicted as having a football-shaped head and Mickey Mouse feet.

Is it any good?

The agents are given assignments, which inevitably dissolve into violent confrontation very quickly. A few examples: In one episode, an "agent" says to his victim, "Shut up, you ... I'll use you until I'm done with you." Kids slap kids until they bleed or are screaming. One boy threatens another boy by saying, "What are you waiting for, princess? Let's dance," and proceeds to beat him up. When the bad guys are caught, they're sent to the "Broccoli Mines."

In terms of plot, nothing terribly clever arises, the dialogue is generally malignant, and the jokes fall flat. In other words, very little redeems this show, and there are better choices out there for your kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about alternate ways -- besides violence -- that the kids could solve their problems.

TV details

Our editors recommend

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate