A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Series intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Kids see Eugene and classmates use their expertise with technology to solve problems that arise in their lives, such as programming an overboard to take part in a competition. Some AI robots also double as friends, including Eugene's pal, C.H.I.P., but human characters' relationships remind viewers that nothing can replace true, loyal friends. Some female roles among STEM-savvy characters. Some bullying and general meanness from class baddie.
Positive Role Models
Eugene values friendship, positive relationships he has with his besties. His can-do attitude accounts for much of what he accomplishes, and he's surrounded by classmates who are pretty skilled themselves. Wince is argumentative, bossy, generally self-involved, and talks to classmates in threatening tones. Some adults are cast as dim or easily scared.
Violence & Scariness
Accidents like falling, crashing into things. A character suffers electric shock in one episode but recovers quickly. A bullying teen's verbal threats sometimes involve physical context, as when he suggests he will beat up or otherwise injure a peer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Me and My Robot is an animated series about high schoolers in a high-tech school who use technology to solve the problems they encounter. A main character acts as a bully, often setting pranks for and scheming against his classmates, and verbally threatening to get them in trouble or even suggesting he will physically harm them. The teens' ingenuity stands out in their problem-solving process, and they share ideas and support each other in ways that remind kids that artificial gadgets and robots can't replace the authenticity of human relationships.
Is It Any Good?
This somewhat lackluster series misses the mark in many regards, but Eugene and his friends do demonstrate to kids the value of imagination and creative problem-solving. When puzzles arise and create stumbling blocks for Eugene, C.H.I.P., and the others, they find inspiration in their own ideas and a great sense of accomplishment in creating their own solutions using what they know (and learn on the fly) about technology and programming.
Given that it's geared toward a younger crowd, Me and My Robot would have been better served by less contentious high school relationships, especially in the case of class bully Wince's chronic picking on his peers. Even with the STEM angle to the story and the teens' use of technology in their everyday lives, there's not much in the way of quality content for kids who watch.
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