Kids Unlimited

TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Child actors' antics aren't very entertaining.

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age 6+
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Positive Messages

Some of the behavior and attitudes on display in the commercial parodies are iffy; in one, a boy mimes urinating on a purse. On the plus side, the cast is impressively diverse.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

One older teen tries to convince another to join him in a kissing party.

Language
Consumerism

There are no real products in the show, parodies of real products are obvious -- like Barbie and Guitar Hero.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One commercial parody suggests sedating unruly kids, but it's clearly a parody.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this show is age-appropriate for tweens overall, there are better ways for them to spend their time. Some of the series' commercial parodies depict fairly iffy attitudes and behaviors -- for example, one is for a doll called Back Tattoo Brandie, and another is for Little Devils sedatives for kids (in the latter, a boy is shown miming urinating on a purse). Also, one subplot involves a take-off on selling your soul to the devil -- a kid promises to give up his Eternal Soul II video game to his friend if he wins a competition. All of that said, there's not much in the way of violence or language to worry about, and the cast is impressively diverse.

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What's the story?

KIDS UNLIMITED focuses on Max Mostel's acting agency for kids. When Max unexpectedly retires, his seven kid clients -- led by 16-year-old Jessica (Jessica Yau) -- try to keep the agency alive themselves without alerting any adults. Of course, the kids are ambitious, active, and talented, especially Lizzie (Elizabeth Machabeli) -- which means hilarious hijinks (well, it would if the show was any good...).

Is it any good?

The show's premise is cute, but the execution is bad -- there's really no other word to describe it. The acting is flatter than the state of Kansas (your local newscaster could give more lively and believable line readings), and the writing is about as subtle as a three-ring circus and clumsier than a baby learning to walk.

The show clearly wants to be clever, and it sort of is -- the plot about the kid willing to trade his Eternal Soul video game for tips to beat his friend isn't a bad storyline, for example. But you don't need the whole Faust operatic steam flash and deep, evil voice routine to get the point. And that's one the show's more subtle attempts at humor. Bottom line? Your kids can find far better ways to spend their time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the commercial parodies. Can you tell which real products the fake ones are meant to suggest? Kids: Do these segments help sell the products they're parodying, or are they just making fun of them?

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