Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Danger-prone cartoon offers little value to kids.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 57 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show's intent is to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

The show promotes a highly unrealistic view of childhood in which kids have no responsibilities or adult supervision and engage in life-threatening behavior (riding off cliffs on skateboards, for example) without any negative consequences. There’s a great deal of name-calling -- mostly directed at Kick from his older brother -- and bullying behavior, and potty humor (vomiting, farting, blowing milk out of nostrils) is popular.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kick’s parents are rarely around, and when they are, they’re unbothered by their young son’s defiant, dangerous behavior. Kick’s older brother, Brad, throws parties when his parents are out of town and does all he can to make his brother’s life miserable. Kick himself is very bossy around his friend Gunther, often making him do unappealing tasks like guzzling multiple cans of soda or dressing up like a girl.

Violence & Scariness

Kick’s aspirations to be a daredevil put him in one dangerous situation after another, but his risky behavior never has the dire results it would in the real world. He hurls himself down cliffs, crashes monster trucks, and races cars on the road, all without suffering injury.

Sexy Stuff
Language

No cursing, but Kick often uses obvious substitutes like “oh, biscuits” when he’s frustrated or angry. Not surprisingly based on the show's title/main character's name, “butt” is fairly common as well, and one of the young hero’s favorite phrases plays on the word: “It’s time to Kick Butt-owski.” Brad often calls Kick "dillweed."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this pointless cartoon totally misses the mark for kids. Kick lives in a fantasy world where responsibility and respect for authority take a backseat to danger and adventure, and his risky actions never result in any physical harm or discipline, as they would in real life. His older brother bullies him with name-calling and teasing, and Kick treats his best friend with similar disrespect. Potty humor abounds (not too surprising, considering that the show's title is Kick Buttowski...), and while there’s no traditionally iffy language, Kick uses some obvious pseudo-curse words on a regular basis (“oh, biscuits,” for instance).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bygianna_mom July 24, 2013

Kick Buttowski: Not as Bad as You Think

My 9-y.o. LOVES Kick Buttowski! And although the other parents on this site may think you otherwise, I personally think this is actually an okay show! The humor... Continue reading
Adult Written byJEDI micah January 25, 2013

This actually appeals to me!

One star?! Here we go again with Common Sense's lack of fun. This show, even though there's not much positive role models or messages, is actually ver... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTripFoot June 15, 2013

Animated sh*t in its purest form

As CSM's review says, Kick Buttowski is a lame cartoon with no substance. In fact, the mediocre animation is the best thing about it. Skip it.
Kid, 12 years old June 5, 2013

This show deserves a zero stars!

Why on earth is this show on Disney XD? It is crap, and therefore should be cancelled! This show deserves 0 stars! I am sorry to say, but this is bad!

What's the story?

Clarence “Kick” Buttowski (voiced by Charlie Schlatter) aspires to greatness, though not as a ball player or a dancer or any of the professions that usually entice youngsters. Instead Kick has his sights set on the noble career of daredevil -- and even at his young age, he’s dedicated to mastering the craft. Famous for turning every obstacle into an opportunity, Kick and his friend Gunther (Matt L. Jones) traverse their hometown in search of potential training grounds, tackling each new challenge with equal parts guts and gusto.

Is it any good?

Superficial at best, KICK BUTTOWSKI: SUBURBAN DAREDEVIL is barely more than a hollow shell of action and adventure that offers little substantial content to support its structure. The show is so unrealistic that kids probably won't even relate to Kick’s unlimited free time, absence of responsible authority figures, and superhuman ability to withstand extreme blunt-force trauma.

What’s more, they’re bound to pick up on the varying degrees of bullying the show presents as comedy, and the prevalent potty humor does little to offset any of this negative behavior. Sure, kids don’t necessarily seek out character or plot development in the cartoons they watch, but with so many choices for out there for them, there’s good reason to pass this one by.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss coping with challenges. Kids: How do you respond when faced with difficult circumstances? Who do you turn to for guidance? How do you respond if you don’t succeed?

  • Kids: What do you think of the violence in this show? What might happen if someone tried Kick’s stunts in real life? Do cartoons send the wrong message about the repercussions of dangerous activities?

  • Kids: How does this series compare to some of your favorite cartoons? Did you like the characters and the story? Did you learn anything from watching?

TV details

For kids who love action

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