A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Zim doesn't value others' lives at all and is bent on world domination by any means necessary. But Dib does his best to foil all of Zim's evil plans.
Violence & Scariness
Sci-fi laser gun action and plenty of smashing.
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No swearing, but lots of put-downs, like "dumb" and "idiot."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sci-fi cartoon is dark, sarcastic, and satirical. It follows a little alien space invader named Zim who wants to take over (and destroy) Earth. That goal leads to a fair amount of cartoon violence, mostly in the form of bashing about and laser gun use. There are no real lessons here, but younger tweens will probably find it entertaining.
Is It Any Good?
Invader Zim is a perfect example of a cartoon that straddles the line between children's and adult entertainment. It's full of dark humor, humans are depicted as less-than-intelligent life forms, and Zim has a complete lack of concern for life -- all of which might raise some parents' eyebrows. What's more, Zim's vocabulary is full of put-down words like "idiot" and "stupid."
As a result, families should be cautious about letting younger children watch Invader Zim. But tweens, older kids, and adults will probably enjoy the show's comedy of errors -- certainly many of us can relate to Zim's desire to rule the world and will enjoy his laugh-out-loud attempts to get some "space cred."
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