A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than educate.
Kids see tweens excited about a lucrative hobby and motivated to be successful at their new business venture. On the downside, the story glosses over any realistic tripping points and consequences a similar undertaking would have in the real world. Kenzie and Babe's relationship is a good reminder to look past differences in forging new friendships.
Positive Role Models
Kenzie and Babe are as different as night and day, but their differences balance out when they're working as a team. Plus, it's nice to see two girls have a STEM-based success. Adults generally are cast as overreactive, jealous, self-absorbed, and grouchy.
Violence & Scariness
Some falls, crashes, explosions, and other physical humor, but no injuries.
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"Shut up" and name-calling such as "scummy kids."
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Products & Purchases
Viewers are able to download the apps featured on the show through Nickelodeon's website and others.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Game Shakers is a sitcom about two middle schoolers who design an app and create a successful business. On the upside, the protagonists are girls who show real moxie in chasing their dream, but that's offset by the fact that they break the law in using a rapper's song in their game, which forces them to partner with the juvenile, self-centered star. The girls' success, while potentially inspiring to kids in the audience, isn't realistic, especially when you consider that aside from their new business ally, adults (and therefore a mature influence) are mostly absent from the story. It's also worth noting that the games "invented" on the show are available on Nickelodeon's website, so your kids' tendencies toward wanting what they see on TV is a factor to consider.
Is It Any Good?
This tween-geared show peddles utter nonsense and obnoxious characters but also a pie-in-the-sky slant on the concept of turning your passions into success that will appeal to kids. There's a severe generational divide to how the story is received; where grown-ups will see tweens running amok and escaping any possible realistic consequences of their actions, kids will notice only the fun and hilarity of it all. Theirs is not a place to question the legal ramifications of using someone else's property to promote your own product, after all. This is a world where you can be an average middle schooler one day and the proprietor of your own multimillion-dollar business venture the next, all without outside help.
Game Shakers is bolstered by Mitchell's over-the-top comedy, a high point in this otherwise mundane production that attempts to overcompensate for lackluster content with volume (there's a lot of yelling) and general absurdity. The bottom line? This loud series is more fantasy than it is real life, so point out the differences to your kids if they tune in.
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