My Life as a Teenage Robot

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Cartoon looks cool, but it can be a bit of a drag.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value
Positive Messages

Jenny the robot feels strong pressure both to fit in and to conquer.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jenny wants to fit in, as most teens do, but she's so afraid
of being the butt of jokes that she makes some poor decisions.

Violence & Scariness

Lots of fighting. The central protagonist and many of the villains are female, so the fighting is frequently among, and against, females.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Some use of insults like "jerk." Some angry language.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that violence plays a big part in this cartoon about a female teen robot. Sensitive viewers may feel overwhelmed by the pressure that Jenny feels to fit in -- as well as to conquer -- throughout the show.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysrs1992 May 15, 2014

If you look closely it has great role models and lessons!

I chose 9 and up because younger ones might find it boring seeing a teenager try to find herself and fuss about teen issues. I know I was! But now that Im old... Continue reading
Adult Written bySonicLendude December 26, 2010
I hate the show because there are lots more shows from nick that are more worth your time like Tuff puppy, and Penguins of Madagascar just to name a few.
Kid, 11 years old March 6, 2013

Awesome show

why did this show get only 2 stars? because they like horrible shows these days. I record them and watch them. Some Episodes have life lessons and morals. In Si... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byTheBoogeyYoukai June 23, 2014

Very good show, though not perfect

This show I never liked that much when I was younger. However, looking at it now, I really think this show is one of the best shows Nick has ever produced. A lo... Continue reading

What's the story?

Heralded as a success when it hit the airwaves in 2003, MY LIFE AS A TEENAGE ROBOT presents itself as a fun escape for young sci-fi fans. But the fantasy dissolves into violence very quickly; moreover, Jenny's enemies enjoy ridiculing her. In one episode, a girl in her class calls her an "absolute freak," while the entire group laughs at her expense. To Jenny, defeating enemy space bikers from outer space is a breeze when compared to the threat of never fitting in with her peers.

Is it any good?

The show's language can be a bit iffy, as when Jenny threatens a bully with "Come face an army of me, you jerk." Jenny's mother/creator is not a nurturing sort either and will say things like, "As a parent it is my right to destroy your happiness."

Parents should watch out for Jenny's poor decisions in the face of humiliation and should be aware of the presence of heavy peer pressure. Though it looks cool and has an upbeat energy, the show can be a bit of a drag. Some kids may enjoy it for the mindless entertainment it intends to be, but know that there are much better uses of a free half-hour.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between science fiction pressures to save the world and those that preteens feel every day. What happens if you don't fit in? Is it the end of the world?

  • Do you think Jenny is a positive role model? Why or why not?

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