Mighty Med

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Comical superhero series with strong friendship at heart.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byModesty Bridget September 29, 2015
Parent of a 10-year-old Written bysnowballmoore November 6, 2014

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,... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byEmily1123 October 4, 2014

Tv Show for Kids

My Sister Watches it and its fine there isn't very much wrong with it for anyone above 6.
Kid, 10 years old July 12, 2020

Definitely Watch It!

It is awesome. I love how it is action-filled with with friendship at the core! My favourite character is Oliver, who is the sensible one. Kaz on the other hand... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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