Dr. Dimensionpants

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Hectic, quirky superhero adventures offer little substance.

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive Messages

Kyle's responsibilities often force him to consider the needs of his family and his community before himself. Despite his mentor's role, Kyle mostly disregards his advice, which always has consequences he then must deal with. Some body humor such as burping. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kyle can be hotheaded and impulsive, and he often disregards the advice of his mentor, but he usually manages to right his wrongs and save the day anyway. Adults are mostly ineffective and exert little control so Kyle can always emerge as the hero. 

Violence & Scariness

Physical altercations along with electrocution, some guns (the laser kind), and monsters that eat (and usually regurgitate) people. Dr. Dimensionpants emits electric shock from his hands. Even so, visible injuries are rare.

Sexy Stuff

Kyle has a crush on a female classmate and swoons when she comes around. He mentions wanting to kiss her as well. 


Some name-calling such as "bozo." 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dr. Dimensionpants features a lot of physical exchanges between the show's hero and a rotating cast of villains. There's hitting and punching but also electric shock (Dr. D can shoot electricity from his hands) and the occasional use of a laser gun. Monsters of all varieties make appearances, and some swallow people, although they're always saved in the end. Kyle harbors a crush on a classmate, and he talks about wanting to kiss her and gets starry-eyed when she's around. He also rarely heeds the advice of his mentor, which gets him into trouble but also offers opportunities to fix his own mistakes. As for learning lessons from them, that seems to be less of a priority. 

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What's the story?

DR. DIMENSIONPANTS follows the transformation of Kyle Lipton (voiced by Sam Vincent), an average kid with an average suburban life, into Dr. Dimensionpants, a dimension-hopping superhero and protector of his hometown. Everything was peachy and predictable for Kyle until the day fate sent a pair of glowing pants his way, activating his superhero alter-ego and earning him a place on the bad guys' radar. Now it's up to him and his unicorn mentor, Philip (Richard Cox), to balance the work of thwarting villains' nefarious plans with going to school and keeping up the demands of his average life. 

Is it any good?

As superhero tales go, Dr. Dimensionpants won't give the likes of Superman and Spider-Man a run for their money. The stories are unremarkable, and 12-year-old Kyle can be impulsive and argumentative, which makes for a lot of bickering not only between him and his adversaries but also in his exchanges with Philip. And speaking of Philip, it's somewhat disconcerting that Kyle's sworn mentor seems to enjoy seeing his charge make embarrassing mistakes as he adjusts to his new powers and responsibilities.

But for all its hectic content, the show does offer kids a bevy of quirky characters, particularly in the villain population. From giant slugs to Yeti, they come in all shapes and sizes, and recurring characters such as Glass Skull (Brian Drummond) and the Cortex (Ian James Corlett) hatch one zany scheme after another to snatch Kyle's dimension pants and the powers that go with them. It makes for a somewhat chaotic show, but it's sure to strike a fancy with kids who like that kind of action. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Kyle balances the many demands on his time. Does he get overwhelmed? Are there matters that fall through the cracks because he's pulled in different directions? Can you relate to his busy schedule?

  • Why does Kyle so often disregard Philip's advice? Does doing so ever prove to be a good decision? Who are some of your kids' mentors? In what ways do they set good examples for your kids to follow?

  • In what ways can young people be heroes in your community? When have you witnessed this happening? Why is it valuable to have peer mentors in addition to older ones? 

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