Kickin' It

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

So-so comedy offers tweens some worthwhile messages.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 47 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Exaggerated reviews

So, what I’m trying to say is many reviews here state valid points but they miss the point. This show is aimed at older kids, it’s almost like the stepping stone between young adult shows and adult media. The same is evident in shows like Icarly, Victorious and Austin and Ally. The show has some great bits of comedy as well as instilling a sense of loyalty and togetherness. Like every show on tv it does sometimes miss the mark but generally it’s an enjoyable watch. As for the sexism, it is largely shut down by Kim as one of the main protagonists as she often defies traditional gender roles at the same time as staying relatable enough to a female viewer. To address racism in this show first I would like to say that this whole aspect is blown way out of proportion. The show often explores the culture behind karate like the shaolin monks and these characters are exaggerated for comedic purposes, this is the same for ANY character in the show and at no point represents a specific race to be ‘the enemy’. In fact it shows that anyone can be good or bad and that preconception can be detrimental. Again I would like to reiterate that this show is for the older crowd and tackles more adult topics. At the end of the day this show is one of the better shows out there if you choose to not wrap your child in cotton wool.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 10+

Great way to cement your sense of entitlements into your youngsters’ ID

So full of sickening faux bro-mance and inuendendo that my girl-twin seemed to swear off it after a few episodes when she was seven. Meanwhile, her twin brother craves it like Kavanaugh after another red solo cup of suds. (“I like beer, Senator. And “Kickin’ It.” Do you like “Kickin’ It!?”) Yuck. Too nauseating to double check the writers but I feel confident that as the other reviewing said - it’s all white “dudes.” It reminds me of the icky feeling I had watching “Happy Days” when I was growing up. This is EVERYTHING that is wrong with Disney. AND it’s time to scrap that damned Netflix subscription where they get access to this rubbish.

This title has:

Too much sex

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