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G.I. Joe Renegades



Remake of classic 'toon is violent but boasts worthy heroes.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, but there are some takeaway messages about teamwork and courage. 

Positive messages

The story touches on themes like teamwork and a desire to stand up for what’s right. The heroes must battle everyone’s false impression of them to prove their innocence. Some characters initially hide their true motives, making it difficult to distinguish good from evil. Violence is a frequent form of conflict resolution.

Positive role models

The G.I.s are courageous, strong, and willing to put themselves in harm’s way to save their comrades and innocent civilians. The show offers a strong female lead in Lieutenant O’Hara, who's respected by her male subordinates.

Violence & scariness

Military-style weapons like guns and grenades are common, and battles can be intense. There are casualties, though there’s no blood or gore, and characters never show fear in the face of life-and-death danger. In addition to human enemies, the heroes also battle a few manmade monsters.

Sexy stuff

Female characters occasionally wear form-fitting dresses with plunging necklines.

Not applicable

The show is tied to a longstanding product line of toys, games, books, and accessories for kids.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this modern remake of the classic ‘80s cartoon has a comparable amount of violence, and fighting is the only means by which either side claims victory over the enemy. Guns, grenades, and the like are the weapons of choice, and there are some casualties (though deaths aren’t actually shown), and occasionally monsters join the fray. The line between good and evil is blurry at times, as some characters are revealed to be enemies in disguise. On the upside, the show casts a woman in a top military role, and she’s respected by her male peers. The soldiers are a courageous, crafty bunch who aren’t intimidated by a challenge.

What's the story?

In G.I. JOE RENEGADES, Lieutenant Shana “Scarlett” O’Hara (voiced by Natalia Cigliuti) leads Sergeant Conrad “Duke” Hauser (Jason Marsden) and his squad on a rogue mission to uncover the dangerous truth behind a philanthropic company called Cobra Industries, but their plans go awry and they’re accused of crimes they didn’t commit. Now the team must go into hiding until they can find a way to prove their innocence.

Is it any good?


As heroes go, kids could do worse than to look up to this squadron of military specialists who don’t shy away from the challenges they’re presented. They epitomize teamwork, trust in each other’s knowledge and skills in tense situations, and stand up for what’s right and just. And as tough as they are, these soldiers don’t raise a fuss about taking orders from a woman, which speaks to how times have changed since the original series’ birth in the ‘80s.

Of course, if your kids are sensitive to violence, then this show won’t make the cut, since a good portion of each episode is devoted to battles between the Joes and the evil Cobra crew. But the fast-paced stories are sure winners for action lovers, and if kids can handle the combat -- and the fact that the show doubles as advertising for an extensive line of toys and other products -- then they can enjoy the series' messages about courage and inner strength.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about courage. How do the heroes display courage? What are some examples of times in which your courage has been tested? Who do you admire as a hero? What qualities do you most respect in him or her?

  • Kids: Why is honesty important? Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do? How did you respond?

  • How does this series compare to the original? What aspects have changed as a reflection of how society has changed? Do the characters and situations seem realistic to you? Why or why not?

TV details

Premiere date:November 26, 2010
Cast:Jason Marsden, Johnny Messner, Kevin Michael Richardson
Network:Discovery Family Channel
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-Y7-FV
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 14 years old Written byKiPunk11 June 11, 2011

Pretty Sweet Cartoon Show

Yeah. Yeah, I actually ticked language. But if you look at the fact I put 5 as the recommended age, you'll understand that I don't want five year old children running about going "OH CRAP" whenever something goes wrong. No, my little brother and sister already swear enough. Well, "crap" as a swear is a bit of a stretch, but some of you more sensitive parents may not like that kind of language. Other than that, this show is only THEORETICALLY violent. It's CONCEPT is far more violent than any of the combat that actually takes place in the show. They have guns, but they never seem to fire them like you'd think soldiers would. They usually choose fisticuffs, except for Snake Eyes, the resident badass, who gets to use his dual katanas to attack foes. Although, they pretty much clash against people like a blunt object, even though it destroys other objects like they were made of plasticine or Jell-O. The whole show is really cool to watch if you're like me and you grew up on action shows. A lot of lessons can be learned from Duke and the crew, and there's an overall message of doing what's right versus doing what you're expected to.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written bymkalv December 1, 2010

Its okay, not the worst

I'm not a big G.I. Joe fan, but this show is alright. My main gripe is the animation, it looks not so great, which is why I prefer Sigma 6.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great role models
Parent of a 6, 7, and 10 year old Written bymbradford January 16, 2011


i am a parent of 3 kids 10,7&6. i think that this show is good for kids because it gives kids a "good t.v. role modles" but, my problem with the show the back story of the joe team & cobra. i grew up watching the original show and the g.i.joe team was a special forces team that was put in place to deal w/ cobra (which was a terrorist group), not a group of soldiers that are accused of crimes they didn't commit. this new show smacks of another 80's show called the A-team, NOT G.I. JOE!!!!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models