Monster Buster Club

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Aliens + action, but tame enough for young tweens.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show's primary intent is to entertain, but kids may learn a little about interpersonal relationships.

Positive Messages

There's no attempt to promote obviously positive messages, but the characters must often resolve interpersonal issues like feeling misunderstood by friends and balancing the need to be true to yourself with the need to fit into a group. On the downside, violence is the only means of conflict resolution, and the answer to any problem is to find a bigger weapon.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Female club members are on equal footing with their male peers and come across as more thoughtful and level-headed. The characters are diverse.

Violence & Scariness

Club members use laser guns (which look more like toys than the real thing) against aliens and robots; if needed, the weapons can transform into more powerful laser and sonic cannons. Only the aliens ever suffer injury, and they mostly crumple into a heap, explode, or disintegrate. Some mild peril, but the kids never end up worse for the wear.

Sexy Stuff

At least one reference to a kiss on the cheek. One character has an obvious crush on a classmate, who shows no interest in return.

Language

No cursing, but occasional use of "dumb," "butt," and the like.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that each episode of this action cartoon for tweens culminates in a battle between aliens and four 10-year-old heroes, who use hand-held laser guns (which look more like toys than anything real), laser cannons, and sonic blasters on their enemies. The kids are never injured, but most of the aliens bite the dust by exploding, falling into pieces, or disintegrating. Still, the show is clearly meant as fantasy, and the mood is kept so light -- and the antagonists so non-human -- that the animated violence isn't likely to bother any but the youngest kids. That said, the show is lean on overtly positive messages, so if you're after truly substantive shows, this one probably won't fit the bill.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant and 4-year-old Written byJaydensmom2017 December 11, 2017

Wasn't expecting that.....

I was letting my 4 year old soon to be 5 year old watch this show. I wasn't paying attention and p e of the characters says " what the hell". I... Continue reading
Adult Written byphysicsnico September 7, 2019

Unnecessary, Inappropriate Language

My 7 yo son is watching the 2nd episode and a character just said, "What the Hell?" I'm allowing him to continue watching it, but I'm keepi... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byTotally500 May 18, 2011

Action

Monster Buster Club is the bomb with theaction and scary parts
Kid, 12 years old July 28, 2010

Amazing Show with Creative Ideas and Positive Messages.

I love this show! It is perfect for young and old. I recommend this to children aged 7 to 14.

What's the story?

In MONSTER BUSTER CLUB, a group of tweens wages war on invading alien life forms that attempt to hide out in their hometown. Using a tangle of secret tunnels to navigate the town unnoticed, Danny, Chris, and Sam join their good alien buddy, Cathy, on goodwill missions to stamp out the invaders. Meanwhile, when they're not battling their nemeses, the group often finds that getting along with each other requires as much skill and precision as alien-nabbing does.

Is it any good?

This series is a good choice if your tween is at the transition point between bare-bones kids' cartoons and those with a little more action and fantasy. While it does broach the subject of aliens existing unnoticed alongside average civilians, the bright CG-animation style and confident tween characters keep the overall mood light and non-threatening. There's an element of comedy in nearly everything the heroes do, which leaves little time for kids to get scared about the idea of aliens.

That said, there's still a fair amount of violence in the show, and all four of the tween heroes use laser guns and cannons to blast away at their enemies, who eventually succumb in explosions or -- in the case of robotic foes -- dismemberment. The fact that the kids are never hurt is comforting, but, on the flip side, the show's fantasy nature does nothing to emphasize the consequences of such violence in the real world.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether all kids' TV shows should be educational -- or whether it's OK for some to be "just for fun." Kids: What shows do you like that fall into each category? Could some be in both?

  • Do you think it's likely that there's life in other parts of the galaxy? How do you think people would respond to proof of alien life? How would we treat an alien if one was discovered here?

  • How does the violence in this show compare to what you've seen in other shows?

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