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Codename: Kids Next Door

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Silly cartoon is too violent for youngest viewers.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 29 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 89 reviews

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 byteenreviews(17yrs) October 21, 2011

This is not violent!!!

An OK show, a decent choice for 5+, it's not extremely good or extremely bad, but there is lots of potty humor, like "shut up" or "sucks but... Continue reading
Adult Written by[email protected] March 29, 2010

Strong Messages for Growing Kids

Do NOT listen to Common Sense Media's review of this show. First of all, it shows kids that they can make a difference and that they should by all means st... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 13, 2010

Great For Kids Who Don't Take Everything They See On TV Seriously

Like so many others on here, I am baffled to no end by this review. Ok, here's a REAL review for it. What to watch out for: Messages: Adults and teens are... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 16, 2010

Unite against the adults who ruin a good time!

Seriously, while the show can take the whole 'adults are evil' thing a little seriously, I do agree that sometimes we have to stand up to adults! Even... Continue reading

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.

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