Kody Kapow

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
Kody Kapow TV Poster Image
Lively animation features lessons from the martial arts.

Parents say

Not yet rated

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

We think this TV show stands out for:

A lot or a little?

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

Educational value

Focus is on problem solving, which requires trying new things, approaching from new perspectives, etc.  

Positive messages

Empowerment can come from physical achievements. Teamwork and mentorship are also themes. 

Positive role models & representations

Kody and Mei are smart, polite, and determined. Master Li is a wise mentor. 

Violence & scariness

Danger is discussed, but nothing violent is shown. 

Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kody Kapow is a lively animated series that teaches problem-solving skills by applying tenets of martial arts, including patience and perseverance. There are some discussions about a village being in danger, but there's no violence outside of some martial arts movement. Mentoring, teamwork, and determination are also common themes. Kids who like action will enjoy this mellow but fun-to-watch adventure.

User Reviews

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Kid, 12 years old July 18, 2017

I LOVE THIS SHOW! Every Cartoon Enthusiast Should Watch This

I love this show because of: 1. The Episodes: They're engaging! There are excellent plots and storylines in every episode. 2. The Characters: The charac... Continue reading

What's the story?

KODY KAPOW is an animated series about a Chinese-American boy who goes to China and becomes a superhero. On his first visit to his family's village in China, 9-year-old Kody discovers that he is destined to become the Village Defender. With the help of his grandfather, Master Li, his super-sleuthing cousin Mei, and a skittish tiger named Goji (voiced by Jason Alexander), he must keep the evil Mogo Monkey No Go and his minions at bay. Luckily, they have the Sapphire Dragon, a secret weapon that can turn them into martial arts fighters. 

Is it any good?

This series offers fun stories with lots of teachable moments grounded in martial arts teachings. Kody's grandfather sets the theme for each episode and also trains him to use his body effectively. Beyond the physical angle of martial arts, lessons also range from the importance of trying new things to overcoming difficulties by looking at things from various perspectives. 

Kody and his friends are polite and charming, and the funny and entertaining stories are short and just the right pace for most kids' attention spans. Throughout it all, Kody Kapow demonstrates how important it is to problem-solve rather than get frustrated or give up, and it invites kids to think more critically about the situations they are facing. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the lessons from Master Li in Kody Kapow. Why is it important to try new things? Is it OK to not be perfect? What does it mean to be mindful? How can these lessons help Kody defend the village? How can they help you?

  • Families can talk about teamwork. How do Kody and his family and friends work together? Why is teamwork an important character strength?  

TV details

Character Strengths

Find more TV shows that help kids build character.

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

For kids who love Sprout TV

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate