A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Eliot's adventures are outlandish and hardly realistic, but they're also fun and imaginative. He and his friends get to play heroes of their own making, which will appeal to youngsters in the audience. Their friendship always plays an important role in what they do. Often their adventures involve some misguided attempt by Eliot to save the day, which winds up further complicating things in real life.
Positive Role Models
Eliot's parents are mostly oblivious to his escapades, and they don't always dole out consequences when his escapades have a negative effect on people in the real world. His attempts to play the hero sometimes lead him to disobey his parents' rules, and he doesn't always make amends when that's the case.
Violence & Scariness
Some story lines show characters being tied up or abducted, but there's no violence to speak of. Monsters, witches, vampires, and other such beings rotate as costars, but they're typically funnier than they are scary.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids will like to see where Eliot Kid's big imagination takes him, and his adventures are mostly worry-free for this age group. Each story pits him against some kind of threat that only he can identify, as when a visitor becomes a witch or a cousin's fiancé appears to be a spy, and he sets out to thwart what he sees as their evil plans. This often leads him to disobey a lot of rules, with little realistic consequence. Expect wild adventures, an ever-changing cast of supporting characters (aliens, vampires, robot clones), and some good examples of friendship and teamwork in this fast-paced cartoon.
Is It Any Good?
Watching ELIOT KID is like stepping straight into a 7-year-old's imagination. It's unpredictable, implausible, and filled with scenarios that let everyday kids be heroes. There's not much substance to the content, but that's an intentional casualty of stories that focus mostly on over-the-top adventures.
There are some moments that will give kids a positive view of friendship, but the fact that Eliot often acts impulsively tends to complicate things for those around him. Although the bulk of his adventures tend to be more melodramatic than outright worrisome for viewers, the negative consequences that go mostly unchecked is a factor to consider for kids tuning in.
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