Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers

TV review by
Andrea Graham, Common Sense Media
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Cheesy fantasy violence lacks real consequences.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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

Some high school flirting.

Language
Consumerism

Power Rangers and merchandise go hand in hand.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2-year-old Written byAnounymous June 22, 2019
Adult Written byFandabidozi October 4, 2018

Best kids show ever

Power Rangers is hands down the greatest show ever made. Oh, and it’s for kids.
PR promotes diversity and inclusion and each episode contains at least one life... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMochiWolf April 7, 2018

Cheesy, explosive AMAZINGNESS (oh look, I invented a word)

Some say this show is cheesy and dumb. Well, they're right about the cheesy part. This is about as cheesy as it gets. Fights in which they very obviously n... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byDuper_Drew July 31, 2012

I'm not a huge Power Rangers fan,but this show is awesome!

WHY DOES THIS GET TWO STARS?! I know CSM hates Power Rangers,but really?! This show was so cool! I'm not a PR fan,but I for 1 enjoyed this show,while it la... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between fantasy violence and the consequences of violence in real life (using Mighty Morphin 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?

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