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Codename: Kids Next Door

Silly cartoon is too violent for youngest viewers.

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable

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.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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.

Families can talk about...

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

TV details

Premiere date:December 6, 2002
Cast:Ben Diskin, Dee Bradley Baker, Lauren Tom
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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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 portrayed negatively, but it is stated quite a few times that they only fight EVIL adults. Violence/ Scariness: There is quite a bit of violence, but it is NOT the only way they solve their problems. There is never any blood, and the only so called "torture" is kids being forced to clean their closets or eat vegetables. IT IS A JOKE. There are a lot of things that can scare your little kids, but the scariness is actually, how do you say this, the smart kind of scary. Not just the "Lets see how much we can squeeze under the radar" scary. One example of the scariness is kids often getting put through a process that leaves mindless and brainwashed. Sexy Stuff: Lots of teen flirting and romantic relationships, specifically between Numbuh One and Lizzie, and Numbuh Four and Numbuh Three. There is also a lot of mild innuendo (For example, one episode has the kids grossed out and shocked about where babies come from- New Jersey. Language: There is a lot of harsh language such as "Shut up" "Crud" "Stupid" and other stuff like that. Consumerism: A few action figures. Dugs: The kids drink illegal soda, but once again IT IS A JOKE. The Good Stuff: Role Models: The kids are all independent and will do anything to protect what they believe in. Messages: Nothing is valued more in this show than friendship, all kids love eachother, will fight for one another, and are willing to forgive. Quality: This show is hilarious. The jokes are ridiculously clever and have a style that is very hard to find. All the plots are based off of real life struggles kids have to deal with and commonly known events in the world (The Spinach Inquisition). It seems to me like CSM only watched one or two episodes. This show is great for anyone with a good sense of humor and won't do anything the TV does.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
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 adults could learn from this! I love the fact that no matter where the kids come from, or whatever they do, they always work together. There is a lot of violence, but it's all slapstick Tom & Jerry stuff. And I gotta say, the kids are only disrespectful to those who deserve it. Five stars, and I say kids who already have their manners together can watch.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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 butt" but it's basically harmless
What other families should know
Too much swearing