Kim Possible

Common Sense Media says

Girl power is possible! Elementary kids OK.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main characters value friends, family, and saving the world. One African-American and one Jewish main character. Social cliques exist at the high school, and some kids reject others. Clever, sometimes sarcastic humor aiming for the middle-school set.

Violence & scariness

Frequent action-hero violence, including hitting and kicking. Kim carries a device that looks like a gun but shoots a grappling hook.

Sexy stuff

Some revealing outfits and voluptuous characters. In later seasons, Kim and her boyfriend kiss.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Kim never goes anywhere without her high-tech handheld device. She has a computer in her locker and private jets, helicopters, jet skis, etc., at her disposal.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kim is a good role model in that she's smart and independent, but her profession makes for a surprisingly violent cartoon. Some episodes involve family, but mostly Kim and Ron operate in their own dangerous world. Villains are as goofy as they are treacherous and probably won't scare kids. Some women and men characters are drawn quite voluptuously, including Kim, whose outfits always show her navel.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

KIM POSSIBLE capitalizes on the female villain-fighting craze that sparked with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Alias -- but tones it down for younger kids. Kim (Christy Carlson Romano) is a "normal" teenager who happens to be a Super Agent. Her sidekick is a timid teenager named Ron Stoppable (Will Friedle). Like the Powerpuff Girls, Kim lives in a world colored hip and retro, playing off campy spy movies of the 1960s and '70s.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The show's mature humor and high school characters entertain older kids and preteens. Kim's parents, Dr. and Dr. Possible (Gary Cole and Jean Smart), show up at all the right times.

Because it's kids' programming on the Disney Channel, the show presents some good lessons. But lessons may get muddled and nearly lost as the heroes shimmy up rope ladders dangling from helicopters and dodge spinning tops of doom. As long as you're not expecting too much in the way of educational value, you'll probably have plenty of fun with this one.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the nature of Kim's lifestyle. Does trouble find her, or does she go looking for trouble? Is she a role model for young girls in any way? Do kids find it "different" to have a girl as the lead, and the boy as her sidekick?

TV details

Cast:Nancy Cartwright, Will Friedle
Networks:ABC, Disney Channel
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures, Great girl role models
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written bybjkaboom April 9, 2008
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

Fun show for girls and boys

I always watch this show with my girls. They like it and while the violence on this show is very soft to me, not all parents are going to go for it just because it has some form of violence. But in a world where very few childern's cartoons are adventurous and entertaining my girls (4 & 5 ) and I do find it enjoyable when we watch the show.
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheBombFunn July 21, 2013
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Action packed fun

Kim Possible is probably one of the best Disney Channel cartoons, it is very entertaining and funny, and has good characters, I wish Disney still made shows like this...
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byBeliefs-Wonder May 5, 2010
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
I used to love it, but I just lost interest when her and Ron started dating. It got sorta sappy, I mean its not a teenage sit-com, its a cartoon. But otherwise I LOVE it.
What other families should know
Too much sex

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