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My Life as a Teenage Robot



Cartoon looks cool, but it can be a bit of a drag.

What parents need to know

Educational value
Not applicable
Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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
Not applicable

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

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:August 1, 2003
Cast:Audrey Wasilewski, Chad Doreck, Janice Kawaye
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Robots, Space and aliens
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:Streaming

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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 Sister Tsunami they taught that having siblings isn't always bad.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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 older, I see XJ9 as a great role model. Concerned with regular girl issues like body image, friends and boys. But she also doubles as a superhero. She faces the social issues clumsily and realistically, but it isn't in your face and overly obvious. Lots of laughs and so much fun that you can almost forget that there's a positive message there, too. Some of the seasons build on her core friendships and rivalries. There is some violence, but used in good measure because she fights crime.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
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 lot of the humor is in my opinion spot-on, though some rather stupid things show up from time to time. The only real problem is that some episodes just drive me the wrong way, but the majority of the time, this show succeeds in what it tries to do, and that is have great action and comedy. Also, the show accurately portrays modern-day teens. (For better or worse, I don't know) I suggest giving it a watch. You may find something rather surprising.
What other families should know
Too much violence


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