Connor Undercover

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Mystery, spy gear, and wholesome fun for tweens.

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

This series has positive messages about friendship and relating to people from different backgrounds.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Connor has a mutually respectful relationship with his parents, and they often discuss the issues that come up in his personal and professional life. Gisela learns that her safety is more important than the comforts she gave up when she went undercover, and she earns a new respect for the life of the average teen.

Violence & Scariness

No weapons or violence, but some stories center on abductions and other threats to Gisela’s life.

Sexy Stuff

Some flirting among teens, but nothing physical.

Language

Marginal language like “butt” and “scum,” but no cursing.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series is a safe choice for adventure-seeking kids and tweens, since it plays up intrigue and suspense and minimizes the scary aspects that typically accompany that type of storyline. The show’s comic feel takes the edge off potentially upsetting scenarios like abduction and threats made to a teen’s life. It’s clear that the show doesn’t set out to push positive messages, but there are some feel-good ones mixed into its presentation of friendships and family relationships.

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What's the story?

Connor Heath (Max Morrow) has always wanted to be a spy, but he never guessed the job would literally land in his lap one day. Enter Gisela Calicos (Lola Tash), the teenage daughter of a foreign president, who’s sent to the Heath home to escape dangers in her home country. As Gisela attempts to blend into the teen scene to protect her identity, Connor’s spy senses kick in, and his suspicions prove correct when those closest to her show questionable motives. With everyone’s loyalty uncertain, Connor and Gisela must find a way to work together to keep her safe, and to solve the mystery surrounding her pursuers.

Is it any good?

CONNOR UNDERCOVER is a fun, light-hearted series that’s well suited for kids and tweens. There’s enough adventure and uncertainty to keep the stories interesting, and its use of comedy offsets any potentially concerning topics like abduction. Tweens will be amused watching Gisela’s often half-hearted attempts to assimilate into common life after being the pampered daughter of royalty, and it sends good messages to them that her journey has lessons both for her and for Connor.

With virtually no iffy content to speak of and a positive portrayal of a strong family at its heart, this Canadian series is a worry-free choice for tweens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about relationships. What is the evolution of Gisela and Connor’s relationship? How does time allow us to better understand another person? Have you ever had a relationship that drastically changed over time? 

  • Tweens: What are your goals for the future? How do your current interests relate to those goals? What careers interest you? Do you know what skills you will need to fulfill those jobs? What can you do now to work toward them?

  • Did you think this show was funny? Did its comic style differ from the series you’re used to? If so, how? What are some of your favorite shows? Why do they appeal to you?

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