Game Shakers

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Middle school girls invent app in mundane, overacted show.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 33 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than educate. 

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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. 

Sexy Stuff
Language

"Shut up" and name-calling such as "scummy kids."

Consumerism

Viewers are able to download the apps featured on the show through Nickelodeon's website and others. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bythescaredshadow September 19, 2015

This show sucks

This is one of the lowest shows I've seen on Nick.
Adult Written bypuper15 October 27, 2015

30 minutes of pure agony. Better known as Nickelodeon's death.

I don't know what to say. I thought that "react to that" was as far as nick could fall. But yet again, Nick has surprised me! Welcome to a show t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAnonymous Moose April 14, 2016

Is this even a kid's show???

If I could sum up this show in one word, it would be: "appauling". I watched one episode, and then gave up all together. I found a racist joke in the... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bypicardisbetter November 18, 2015

HOLY FREAKING CRAP

This is it, the one that killed Nickelodeon altogether. Yeah, Haunted Hathaway's was bad, and Bella and the Bulldogs was terrible, but this sorry excuse fo... Continue reading

What's the story?

In GAME SHAKERS, classmates Kenzie (Madisyn Shipman) and Babe (Cree Cicchino) create a video game app called Sky Whale for their science project, and it makes them overnight millionaires. But when rap star Double G (Kel Mitchell) learns the girls used his music in the process, he threatens to sue, so they make him a partner -- as they do his son, Triple G (Benjamin Flores, Jr.) -- and employee in their new gaming company. They're joined by the girls' friend Hudson (Thomas Kuc), who pitches in as a quality tester for the new apps. 

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the realities of starting a business compared to what this series shows them to be. Is overnight success something that really could happen? After that, though, what's involved in making a business work? Is it OK for shows to exaggerate points like this one for effect?

  • With all their differences, what accounts for Kenzie and Babe's friendship? When it comes to your friends, is variety the spice of life, or do you tend toward people who are very similar to you? 

  • Kids: When have you encountered kids doing remarkable things? Do you know any whom you would consider to be role models for their peers? In what areas do you excel? 

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