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Go Jetters

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Young heroes' travels introduce kids to world geography.

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Educational Value

The series introduces viewers to basic concepts related to the subject of geography (coordinates, locating a place on a globe, etc.) and to various places and specific landmarks around the world. In each episode, kids learn some facts about the story's setting and get a general sense of its topography and surroundings by way of the characters' explorations. Some simple counting is reinforced as facts are presented in groups of three and the characters often count down from three before starting something.

 

Positive Messages

Kids see the Go Jetters use teamwork and their respective unique skills to unravel Grandmaster Glitch's schemes. They are enthusiastic about learning and use what they discover about each location to help them in their work. The series makes a concerted effort to include characters of color and of varying abilities, including some who use physical aids like wheelchairs. Only one of the Jetters is female.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Go Jetters are quick to action when their services are needed, and they're resourceful when they're on their missions. They work effectively together and respect the guidance of their mentor. Grandmaster Glitch isn't a scary or particularly threatening villain, but his actions could cause harm to people and/or landmarks if not for the intervention of the Go Jetters.

 

Violence & Scariness

No violence, but some brief moments of peril as characters fall from buildings or encounter natural disasters.

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Go Jetters is a preschool series whose heroes travel the world to visit notable places and famous landmarks. Using fun facts and the characters' experiences, the show exposes kids to global geographical and cultural diversity. The resident villain is a schemer who's out to dismantle or otherwise disrupt the landscape in each new place, but his ideas are more playful than they are overtly threatening. As the heroes attempt to thwart their rival's plans, they model teamwork, communication, and determination for their audience.

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What's the story?

GO JETTERS follows four young heroes fresh off their training at Go Jetter Academy who travel the world visiting different countries and notable landmarks, sabotaging the nefarious schemes of their rival, Grandmaster Glitch (voiced by Marc Silk). With their disco-loving teacher, Ubercorn (Tommie Earl Jones), at the helm, Xuli (Pilar Orti), Lars (Syrus Lowe), Kyan (Akie Kotabe), and Foz (John Hasler) fly from one new location to the next in Jet Pad (Naomi McDonald). At each stop, Ubercorn teaches them some "funky facts" about the place, then calls them to action when Glitch and his Grimbots (Silk again) arrive to execute a plot against the locale.

Is it any good?

These heroes' exciting adventures take them from the Great Wall of China to the Golden Gate Bridge with stops at all kinds of fascinating places in between. Some of the names may be familiar to kids -- the Statue of Liberty, Big Ben, Mount Rushmore, and the North Pole, for instance -- but others will be new even to grown-ups who watch. Each setting gives the Go Jetters and the audience lots of opportunity to learn through instruction and by immersion, as the characters explore the sights and sounds of each destination.

Preschoolers will enjoy Go Jetters's humor and the team camaraderie that exists among the four heroes. Ubercorn's persona is a surprising and somewhat inexplicable departure from the rest of the human-esque characters, but it adds a workable element of fantasy to the mix. Happily the show's villain isn't threatening so much as he is goofy and exceedingly mischievous, so there never feels like any real danger at play. This smart series is a fun introduction to the ideas of cultural and geographical diversity as well as a kid-appropriate glimpse at some of the world's most impressive places.

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  • Families can talk about how the Go Jetters demonstrate positive character traits like creative problem solving and perseverance. How does each team member contribute to the collective effort? What role does their willingness to learn play in their effectiveness against Glitch?  

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  • Where are some of your family's favorite places to visit? How do they look and sound different from where you live? How does experiencing other places and meeting people who are different from us help us to gain new perspectives?

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