Action 'toon mixes positive messages with high-flying fun.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show is meant to entertain rather than to educate, but there are some take-away lessons in self-confidence, perseverance, and teamwork.

Positive messages

The show reminds kids of the importance of teamwork by showing how Johnny and his teammates rely on each other to back them up in combat. Perseverance and self-confidence are other dominant themes throughout the show.

Positive role models

Civic-minded Captain Strong is a good mentor for the teens, as he keeps them on task and always inspires the best in them. He treats each of them as individuals, respecting their individual strengths and encouraging them to do the same.

Violence & scariness

Frequent air combat scenes show planes shooting down adversaries. No one is shown injured, but it’s implied that the pilots die in the process. 

Sexy stuff

Some flirting between teens, but nothing physical.

Not applicable

The show is tied to an online game that puts players behind the controls of the characters’ jets. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this futuristic cartoon centers on a team of teens who protect the world from a would-be evil dictator and his legion of thugs. The two sides square off in airborne battles, shooting at (and sometimes downing) each other’s supersonic jets, so there’s the implication of some deaths, but nothing is shown. Cartoon violence aside, this series offers tweens a storyline of more substance than many other TV shows for the age group thanks to the dual storylines of Johnny’s search for the truth behind his father’s disappearance and his own growth into a renowned pilot. The show also reinforces the value of teamwork, perseverance, and self-confidence.

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What's the story?

In the year 2067, the skies are home to the cities of the future, and the airspace between them is filled with the world’s unifying sport, A.R.C. (Aeronautical Racing Circuit). A.R.C. pilots are the rock stars of the day, and few are more famous than teen phenoms Trey, Zak, Maggie, and newcomer Johnny (voiced by Mark Camacho). But what no one knows is that these talented pilots have a more important mission than winning races -- they’re also trusted with saving the world from the evil intentions of General Raven and his legion of followers, Black Cloud.

Is it any good?


In a tween TV market that’s saturated with shows that are light on content and heavy on product tie-ins, METAJETS is a refreshing change of pace for both parents and kids. Johnny is an average teen who earns a spot on an elite team of flyers -- but despite his natural talents, he takes nothing for granted and must prove his worth to his teammates and his captain. What’s more, his new position offers him a new connection to his father -- whom, Johnny discovers, disappeared while flying for Metajets as well. Both storylines offer teaching moments in teamwork, perseverance, and strength of character.

Parents’ only concern with the show will be its frequent violence, which in this case plays out in firestorms between warring aircraft. Although the exchanges can be intense and some of the planes do explode, the violence is downplayed, and no injuries are ever shown.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about setting and achieving goals. Tweens: What goals do you have for your future? How will you work toward them?

  • Parents and tweens can also discuss loss. How does loss affect you? How do you cope with the loss of a loved one? How does loss change our perspective on life?

  • What role does violence play in this series? How does it compare to what you've seen in other animated TV shows and movies?

  • What factors are important in constructing a good team? How can the members’ differences become a strength? What successful teams have you been a part of? What are the benefits of working with a team?

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Kid, 10 years old August 17, 2010
age 10+

Great for the adventurous tween! Boy or girl...

This is like the cartoon of Aegis Wing. Though the dog-fighting scenes and hand-to-hand combat may sound too violent, once you see it for yourself, you'll realize a 7 year old could watch it (depending on the episode). The plots are realistic and the characters are not that bad of examples. To younger viewers, though, it may seem to start out slow but for mature tweens, they may understand more things and have a longer attention span. I was skeptical about this show at first asking myself, "Is it too violent?" or, "It looks a little boring, or does it?" I finally made up my mind and decided to watch it though. It was a success. Now I can't get my eyes off it! If you're adventurous, you will like this show!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Kid, 10 years old August 31, 2013
age 7+

May be good at first, but watch out for the violence like in Star Fox.

This anime-influenced (or is it anime?) can be good at first, but some planes were seen shooting like the Arwings in Star Fox.
What other families should know
Too much violence


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