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Cosmic Quantum Ray



Fun animated sci-fi cleverly incorporates physics lessons.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Encouraging an interest in science appears to be one of the series' chief goals. At several points during each episode, the action is interrupted so that specific science and physics-related lessons can be explained in clear, simple terms.

Positive messages

Main characters are all "superheroes" attempting to help others. The show emphasizes the benefits of curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge.

Positive role models

The lead character demonstrates strong curiosity in learning more about the science behind the show's action; supporting characters provide encouragement and support for that curiosity.

Violence & scariness

There's broad cartoon violence -- a robot character's head explodes off his body, for example. The main character also gets bullied and shoved in his locker, though this is treated comically.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable

Very minor innuendo that will likely go over the head of the youngest kids (ex. "My nuts and bolts!").

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this clever animated comedy is designed to educate kids on the wonders of science and physics. Topics such as Einstein's famous E=MC2 equation and how the body transforms healthy foods into energy are demonstrated in the show's plots, then explained outside the action by the characters. There's a fair amount of cartoon violence, but it's meant solely for comedic effect.

What's the story?

COSMIC QUANTUM RAY details the adventures of a young boy named Robbie (voiced by Samuel Vincent) who discovered -- in a shoebox -- a doorway to another dimension. He becomes part of Team Quantum, a crew of heroes gathered from across the cosmos, including Quantum Ray (Tom Kenny) and a know-it-all robot named Bucketworth (Colin Murdock). Together they protect the galaxy and inevitably learn a thing or two about science and physics along the way.

Is it any good?


Originally aired in Germany, Cosmic Quantum Ray is the brainchild of an actual scientist who worked with writers to create a vehicle for teaching kids about quantum physics. A lofty goal, but somehow, Cosmic Quantum Ray manages to hit the mark, thanks largely to a broad sense of humor, a fast-paced tone, and clever plotting that ties the science lessons tightly into the stories being told.

It's not every cartoon that boasts pictures of Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein in its opening credits, and the shoebox containing the ninth dimension is a sly reference to the famous box where Schroedinger kept his cat. A pleasant surprise with an educational focus, Cosmic Quantum Ray wraps science lessons in a fun, appealing package for kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the show presents its educational messages about science. Do you think television is a useful educational tool?

  • Did the way the show handled its science lessons make you more interested in any of the topics?

TV details

Premiere date:October 10, 2010
Cast:Chiara Zanni, Colin Murdock, Samuel Vincent, Tom Kenny
Network:Discovery Family Channel
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures, Science and nature, Space and aliens
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:Streaming

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Parent of a 9 year old Written bymichelhays April 22, 2011

Badly written

Badly written, black-and-white heroes vs one-dimensional villains, lots of screaming and whining. It's great that it's educational, but they really need to watch the type of behavior they add for comic effect.
Parent of a 8 year old Written byMr. Blau November 27, 2010

Truly cosmis Cosmic Quantum Ray

It's funny, an adult can sit down and watch it with kids and not be bored, and it's science education on a quantum level. THE BEST OF THE BEST ON TV RIGHT NOW.
Kid, 11 years old December 7, 2012

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What other families should know
Educational value