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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Popular 1980s cartoon fun, but glorifies battle, toys.

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The series' plot line is pretty straightforward. Cobra attacks, the Joes defend, then the Joes attack, and Cobra defends. Combat sequences make up the vast majority of each episode, and the only real variation comes in the locations of the fights and the types of weapons they use -- a truly amazing variety of blasters, jet fighters, machine guns, tanks, battle robots, and other high-tech death-dealing devices. The stories have enough variation that the fights can jump from Cobra's secret base, to the Arctic, to the bottom of the ocean, and then into the heart of the G.I. Joe compound.

The show isn't very complex, but the nonstop explosions are exciting -- which means it will still have plenty of appeal for young viewers who've been raised with quick-cut action movies, super-slo-mo martial arts brawls, and other action-packed films and TV shows. Just don't be surprised if they start clamoring for the tie-in toys, too. ...

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