Glitch Techs

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Likable gaming-inspired show promotes diversity, teamwork.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 8 reviews

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

 

Positive Messages

Brings together characters from different backgrounds and family experiences, tasks them with working together for a shared cause of community safety. Some growing pains, but overall the story exemplifies adaptability of people who share common interests and a common goal. Even so, Five and Miko must keep their work secret from their parents and guardians at their new employer's request, which sends uncertain messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Teens' personalities range from enthusiastic and eager to collaborate (Five and Miko, among others) to egocentric and determined to win at all costs (Mitch). This causes some problems among team members at times, but on the whole they're driven by shared purpose and work effectively together. Cultural and racial diversity abounds. Family constructs vary, and both male and female gamers are represented.

Violence & Scariness

Gaming-style violence includes laser blasts, glowing spheres that hit avatars and award points, long falls, crashes, kicking and punching. No visible or lasting injury, though.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Name-calling like "dingleberry" and "moron." Also "butt" and "dang."

 

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Glitch Techs is an animated series based on the concept that video game glitches can allow villains to break through the screen and enter the human world, which blurs the line between the gamers' virtual reality experiences and their reality. Technology also allows the techs to wipe people's memories so that they forget the glitches they've seen come to life. Because the story centers on the effort to capture these villains, there is a fair amount of game-style violence at play, including laser blasts, energy balls, and more traditional incidents like crashes and falls. On the upside, the series makes an effort to reflect the inclusive nature of the gaming community by showing racial and cultural diversity among the male and female characters and by emphasizing how teamwork and a shared purpose helps them transcend their differences.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTrillo333 March 2, 2020

I created an account here JUST to leave this review!

There aren't many shows that my wife and I love as much as the kids, but this is just great! At first we knew our 12 year old would love it, but worried a... Continue reading
Adult Written byT J March 6, 2020
Kid, 9 years old February 26, 2020

Amazing!

Some scenes have some cartoon violence based on video games.
Kid, 11 years old May 4, 2020

Really good show I have seen lately!

Glitch Techs is an amazing show! Hi-5 and Miko (the main characters) work at Hinobi and have to save the city by defeating glitches (villans/bosses from games)... Continue reading

What's the story?

A chance meeting at a gaming competition leads to an unexpected job opportunity for two teens in GLITCH TECHS. When Miko (voiced by Monica Ray) and Five (Ricardo Hurtado) collaborate to unseat the reigning champ, Mitch (Luke Youngblood), everything seems to be going their way ... until a glitch monster crashes onto the scene and sends everything into chaos. After the dust settles, though, things work out in their favor when the Hinobi video game company hires Five and Miko as undercover Glitch Techs, tasked with hunting down game characters who escape virtual reality and threaten those in the real world. 

Is it any good?

Teens using gaming skills, street savvy, and cool gadgets to help save the world? Yes, please! Glitch Techs hits the ground running with a fast-paced plot and a pair of really appealing main characters: Five, a gaming prodigy with admirable loyalty to his hardworking grandparents, and Miko, a self-assured and reasonably rebellious girl who knows what she wants and goes after it with gusto. When their skills and hard work pay off and Hinobi comes knocking, these two join an elite squad that captures walking, talking computer monsters (à la Ghostbusters) and does damage control to maintain their secrecy using memory-wipe technology (à la Men in Black).

Glitch Techs is well-paced, sharply animated, and nicely suited to both gamers and the occasional VR dabbler, as it doesn't overdo industry jargon or other minutia. Even better, the show thoroughly incorporates diversity among the characters, with teens who are Asian American, African American, Hispanic American, and Muslim, reflecting the inclusive nature of video game culture. There's a strong emphasis on teamwork -- especially related to building working relationships with people who aren't necessarily friends -- that helps sell this promising series. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Glitch Techs portrays violence in video games. What aspects of it are realistic? How does the show's animated style allow more freedom in what is considered acceptable content?

  • How do the Glitch Techs demonstrate their commitment to teamwork? How does having a common cause help people see past their differences? What positive experiences with teamwork have you had? Have you had any that didn't work?

  • How does this show present female characters? Are their skills very different from those of the males? In what ways do video games even the playing field between boys and girls?

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