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 8+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 26 reviews

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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 byBefed November 3, 2018

Great Show!

Great show for kids, plenty of entertainment for kids and even adults. Brings of nostalgia that can’t be taken away! Highly recommend!
Adult Written byRaquel M. May 19, 2018

From early childhood to early adulthood, this is bomb!

This show came out when I was 5. Love at first sight. Re-watched as a teen, still a big fan. Different perspective with age.

I originally thought this show was... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byBigbillyboy August 23, 2012

WHY DID THIS GET 2 STARS?!?!?!

My Life As A Teenage Robot was a great show while it lasted.Funny jokes,and unique,interesting animation! The episodes are so action packed and fun too!
Teen, 15 years old Written byibarncat November 28, 2010

Cartoon sounds violent, but it can be quite safe

I do not see why so many people think this show is that violent. First, battles do not even happen in every episode. "No Place Like Homeschool" is a g... 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?

TV details

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For kids who love sci-fi

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