Mighty Med

Common Sense Media says

Comical superhero series with strong friendship at heart.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The series' main objective is to entertain, but it does show the teens applying knowledge they've acquired to help people and turning to references (in this case, comic books) to solve difficult problems.

Positive messages

The series separates good and evil in very definite terms, and it's easy to assign the characters (mostly superheroes) to their proper sides by their actions and their manner of dress. One crossover is Alan, a whiny teen who resents Kaz and Oliver's presence because they're not supers but who sticks to his convictions with impressive resolve. Friendship, teamwork, compromise, and forgiveness are common themes.

Positive role models

Oliver and Kaz share an appealing friendship, not immune to controversy and spats but always a priority for each of them. Adults –- including the superheroes -– often come across as naive and simplistic, but their motivations are good (at least as far as the good guys go).

Violence & scariness

Fighting sequences are in line with the show's comic-book theme: highly exaggerated, obviously choreographed, and rarely upsetting, even to kids. Superpowers like electricity and strength are put to use. To the same tune, injuries tend to be almost comical, as when a superhero arrives in the clinic with a stop sign through his chest. No blood, no gore, and little if any distress on the part of victims.

Sexy stuff

A teen checks out girls as they pass, and there's the occasional references to "sexiness."

Language

Rarely "butt."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Mighty Med puts a hilarious new spin on the concept of superheroes that kids of various ages will enjoy. Set in a medical facility for heroes on the mend, the show features comic book-style injuries like electric shock and the occasional stop sign run through an abdomen, but there's no blood and barely any distress on the part of the victims. Fights are much the same; look closely and you'll notice that the punches and kicks rarely hit their marks, and the players typically walk away virtually unruffled. Even better, there's a forceful theme about friendship as an essential part of any team endeavor, and the two main characters' differences prove to be their strengths in most cases.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Kaz (Bradley Steven Perry) and Oliver (Jake Short) are longtime best friends who share a passion for comic books and the adventures of their heroes, but they never guessed they'd get to experience the action firsthand one day. When a fateful accident at their favorite comic book store lands them in the middle of a hospital for supers, fantasy suddenly becomes unbelievable reality. As if that's not enough, their quick thinking saves one hero's life and makes them the heroes when they're mistaken for doctors by Chief of Staff Horace (Carlos Lacamara), who offers them afterschool jobs even though they're "Normos," or non-supers. Skylar Storm (Paris Berelc) is hoping the guys can figure out how to restore her lost powers, but Horace's nuisance of a nephew, Alan (Devan Leos), will stop at nothing to send the guys packing from the superhero world once and for all.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

MIGHTY MED has a lot to offer kids: action, adventure, and a standout example of friendship between Kaz and Oliver. The two couldn’t be less alike, but Oliver's stoic deliberateness is the perfect complement to Kaz's fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants approach to every situation, and when one runs into (or causes) trouble, the other is there to pick up the pieces. Even in its sanitized sitcom state, their relationship reminds kids that even imperfect parts can join to form a very strong whole.

But as great as that is, it's not what will attract kids to Mighty Med. Quirky superheroes, hilarious mishaps, and an emergency room filled with medical equipment like a "web untanglizer" and a "molecular devaporizer" promise plenty of laughs, all of them well deserved for a creative new spin in the oft-traveled superhero genre. It also doesn’t hurt that the two stars are recognizable faces from previous Disney shows (Good Luck Charlie for Perry; A.N.T. Farm for Short), promising a pool of existent fans.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes a strong relationship. How important is communication among friends or family members? Do Kaz and Oliver make this a priority? What happens when two people avoid discussing what's bothering them? What are some important skills for constructive communication?

  • Superpowers are a recurring topic in this show. Are Kaz and Oliver any less "super" because they don't have special powers? What talents do they put to use instead? Kids: What are some of your special talents, and how do you use them?

  • Kids: Did you recognize this show's stars before you tuned in? If so, did knowing of them make you want to see the show even more? In what ways are our likes and dislikes influenced by what we see on TV shows? On commercials? Is it possible to avoid this kind of advertising?

TV details

Cast:Bradley Steven Perry, Devan Leos, Jake Short
Network:Disney XD
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Superheroes, Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 9 years old October 19, 2013
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10
QUALITY
 

mighty medical help

Mighty Med is a fun superhero Disney show. It's about two guys named Kaz and Oliver who work in a superhero hospital. Kaz is the guy who messes up with chainsaws and almost kills people, and I'm starting to think he needs mental help. But Oliver is a very positive role model. Excellent job done by Bradley Steven Perry and Jake Short. There is some mentioning of kissing, although i doubt they will ever have even the slightest kiss shown in the show. In the first episode one of the doctors has a mug that says "sexiest doctor" on it or something like that. I was very surprised at Disney for including that part in the show. Sure, they did that in Dog With a Blog, but it was a "6" pun. Sixy. Really, Disney? They also have Kaz and Oliver in a comic store, Oliver sees a cardboard cutout of his favorite superhero, which is a girl. Kaz picks it up and, like anybody would expect him to do, pretends that it is a real girl and makes that high pitched voice and pretends to make out with Oliver, who thank God, doesn't go along with it so no actual scenes are acted out. By the way I'm almost 10 so I have the right to say you should only let 10 and up watch it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old October 7, 2013
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7
QUALITY
 

Pretty Cool, Watch it

Kaz and Oliver are great friends, and are always there for each other. They do fight, but they always make up. Superheroes fight for a good cause, and fight villains, that aren't scary, but have bad purposes. A boy wants to get Kaz and Oliver in trouble and Kaz teases Oliver about a crush, but the show has only mild violence: some backflips, and cartwheel, and only comical injuries such as a stop-sign through a man. I enjoyed the show, and especially like the actors and actresses in it. Same Disney humor, but all and all a great show. If you watch Lab Rats, watch this show!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Parent of a 10 year old Written bysnowballmoore November 6, 2014
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

Not the typical putdown humor

My 10 year old son loves this show. Finally a teen show that doesn't resort to the usual mindless putdown jokes. These jokes are actually witty and funny, and not just at someone else's expense. The two main characters have different personalities, but they stick up for one another. They also recognize and appreciate each other's differences. This show was a pleasant surprise!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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