A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
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Name calling, such as "dumb." Occasional use of gateway language such as "sucks" and "heck."
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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.
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.
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