A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Passing lessons about teamwork, but no concrete educational value.
Teamwork is the only positive lesson among all the fantasy violence.
Positive Role Models
The group works as a team and has worthwhile goals -- but they rely too much on violence as a problem solver.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent action scenes. Rangers kick, punch, and shoot laser guns to save the world from evil. Violence is the only means of conflict resolution.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some high school flirting.
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Products & Purchases
Power Rangers and merchandise go hand in hand.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is a live-action adventure series that's marketed to the 5+ set but better suited for kids a year or two older. It's full of fantasy violence and martial arts fighting. The team of five Power Rangers must constantly battle to save the world from their evil nemesis -- and, apparently, the only way to stop evil is to kick and punch your way to peace. ... There's no real educational content, and very few lessons to be learned. This series spawned an entire franchise of Power Rangers spin-offs.
Is It Any Good?
This series is based on that flourishing formula of robots, martial arts, and sci-fi action that children -- especially boys -- find so intoxicating. While Mighty Morphin Power Rangers has enjoyed years of success (including a massively profitable line of merchandise and numerous series incarnations), the series is still iffy due to its violent nature. Each episode does reinforce certain positive aspects such as the importance of teamwork and friendship, but these moments are brief, as the show's focus tends to be on action and fighting. Furthermore, the meager positive messages are overshadowed by the fact that this show serves as an outlet for a major marketing effort to sell toys and other Power Rangers merchandise.
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers isn't altogether bad for kids. But before they watch, young viewers should be old enough to understand the difference between real and fantasy violence. In the end, there are plenty of better TV choices for kids out there -- and even better ways for them to spend their free time.
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