Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers



Cheesy fantasy violence lacks real consequences.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Passing lessons about teamwork, but no concrete educational value.

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
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Power Rangers and merchandise go hand in hand.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this live-action adventure series -- which is marketed to the 5+ set but better suited for kids a year or two older -- is 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.

What's the story?

Based on the Japanese children's television show Kyoryuu Sentai Zyu, MIGHTY MORPHIN' POWER RANGERS tells the story of five ordinary teens who are hand-picked by alien leader Zordon to become superheroes. Zordon provides the Rangers with the ability to morph into ninja warriors so they can save the universe from the evil Rita Repulsa and her hench-monsters. While there's plenty of hand-to-hand combat, the end of each episode leads to an ultimate showdown in which the Power Rangers head to their dinosaur mecha robot vehicles, combine to form as massive super mecha, and destroy the menace.

Is it any good?


Power Rangers is based on that flourishing formula of robots, martial arts, and sci-fi action that children -- especially boys -- find so intoxicating. While it 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the difference between fantasy violence and the consequences of violence in real life (using the Power Rangers as an example of how not to resolve real conflicts). How can people express anger with words instead of fists?

  • What are the differences between fantasy violence and real violence? Who should you go to for help if someone threatens to fight you?

TV details

Cast:Amy Jo Johnson, Austin St. John, Walter Jones
Network:ABC Family
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures, Space and aliens
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Kid, 10 years old June 25, 2011


More like Mighty Barfin' Power Rangers
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Adult Written byScienceman300 December 26, 2011

My Childhood

to all you people reading this, I grew up with Power Rangers since the age of 3. I have to tell you this show was a huge inspiration on my life and others like me. It was because of this show that i decided to go in and study martial arts. This show was inspirational, funny, and good for kids of all ages. In my opinion, today parents blame the television for teaching bad habits onto their kids, when parents are the ones who are supposed to help and guide their kids on the road of right. Power Rangers is more than just a show about teenagers in spandex, it is a show of how young adults deal with real-life situations that you or your kids have gone through in the past and present. So i said don't be so quick to write it off.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 June 28, 2010

The one that started them all

It's very, very cheesy, and I have a hard time getting through episodes. I like some of the storylines they have, but they seem to focus on the action more than the story. Content-wise, this series isn't too bad; there is violence, as every episode involves a scene with the rangers fighting their enemies with swords, blasters, giant robots, etc., but it's never bloody or anything. Obvious romantic attraction between Kimberly and Tommy. No language or drugs or anything else to worry about.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence


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