Kid Cosmic

TV review by
Amanda Dyer, Common Sense Media
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Fun superhero comedy teaches patience, has mild violence.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The team often fails in their battles against the invading aliens, but they learn from these failures and eventually save the day. Although Kid has an idea of how superheroes are supposed to look and act (based off his comic book collection), the actions of his teammates prove to him that there is no one way to be a superhero. Along the way they also learn that not all aliens are villains.

Positive Role Models

Kid's older teammates serve as protectors and mentors. Jo, a waitress at the local diner teaches kid to be patient with his 4-year-old neighbor, Rosa, who always wants to play. Although young and stubborn, Rosa proves herself to be an essential part of their superhero team.

Violence & Scariness

Kid Cosmic and The Local Heroes fight various alien creatures in each episode. No blood or wounds appear on the creatures or characters. Characters are often cut in half but because they're aliens, they don't die. Defeated monsters often disintegrate into neon pixels. One giant fish-like creature is seen suffocating to death from oxygen exposure. When the character's body is disposed of, it's mentioned that the body needed to be chopped up in order to fit into its grave. This isn't shown, but a character is visibly disturbed by the aftermath.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Name calling, such as "dumb." Occasional use of gateway language such as "sucks" and "heck."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kid Cosmic is an animated superhero series created by Craig McCracken, whose credits also include popular kids' shows The Powerpuff Girls and Wander Over Yonder. This series is funny and heartwarming but does have a lot of cartoon violence. A group of quirky heroes regularly faces off against flashy alien creatures wielding laser guns and sharp teeth. Characters are often cut in half, but because they're aliens, they don't die. Defeated monsters often disintegrate into neon pixels. Between the many battle sequences, characters learn valuable lessons about teamwork and what makes a true superhero.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 and 15-year-old Written byericawoods September 5, 2021

I love it so much

This show is the best. It's so good. I love it so much.
Teen, 15 years old Written byMr.REE March 8, 2021

A really great show.

This show is incredible. The writing, characters, and overall style is amazing. The story basic but the show makes up for it with funny and likeable characters... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bynarutofan123 January 17, 2022

Great show but language?

The word damn is used atleast twice in the series, weird for a tv-y7 show...

What's the story?

KID COSMIC follows the story of Kid (voiced by Jack Fisher), a quirky young boy living in a trailer out in the desert who finds a crashed alien spaceship. Inside the spaceship are five stones with the ability to grant superpowers. Kid, along with his neighbors Papa G (Keith Ferguson), 4-year-old Rosa (Lily Rose Silver), teen waitress Jo (Amanda Celine Miller), and a stray cat form a rag-tag team of superheroes. Together they fight alien invaders who want the stones' powers, but things don't always go according to plan.

Is it any good?

Kid has all the trappings of a classic superhero -- bravery, cunning and a tragic backstory, but he can't quite seem to get it right. It's the way Kid and his team face these failures that makes Kid Cosmic such a charming show. Each hilarious mistake comes with a valuable lesson for tweens and teens. McCracken brings the same whimsy and cheeky attitudes to the alien characters as seen in his previous space adventure series Wander Over Yonder. However, some parents may want to consider that younger viewers who take things at face value might get the wrong impression from characters like Rosa who are celebrated for their instinctive violence. Overall, it's a great option for family viewing, especially for parents who grew up on Powerpuff Girls and other McCracken classics.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to be a hero. What are some things that heroes can or cannot do? What heroes do you know in the real world?

  • When Kid Cosmic is upset he uses the phrase “freakin’ out? Breathe it out." Families can talk about how they feel when they are upset or overwhelmed. What strategies can you use to calm yourself? How can this affect how you handle a difficult situation?

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