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TV review by
Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
Naruto TV Poster Image
Popular anime series has lots of fights, strong characters.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 67 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 299 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

While there are plenty of battle scenes in each episode, Naruto does have a mentor who helps him believe in himself.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Naruto works hard to achieve his goals. He can be a obnoxious at times, but he's dedicated and focused.


Strong, frequent animated violence. Physical combat between individuals, often using weapons.


Girl ninjas describe themselves as sexy; boys and girls flirt and have crushes.


Words used by kid ninjas include "screwing over." Also plenty of angry outbursts.


Plenty of tie-in merchandise is available.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this popular anime series had a huge fan following long before its 2005 Cartoon Network premiere. There's lots of animated violence -- including fights, weapons use, and more -- but there are also strong examples of hard work and perseverance. Still, this is clearly a hit show that has captured the attention of young and old anime fans alike, so your kids may very well want to watch it.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 and 13 year old Written byVeryProudParent June 6, 2011

A great anime.

My 8-year-old son and I watch this every Saturday when it airs on Disney XD. I used to watch this with my 13-year-old son, but he doesn't watch it anymore... Continue reading
Adult Written byAnnabel357 June 15, 2011

Believe in Yourself and Never Give Up On Your Dreams

Naruto may be violent in many aspects, but the messages in this show are, I would say, the best things about it. They're incredibly meaningful. Naruto has... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysportgamer April 9, 2008

This show is Perfectly Appropriate

First of all, I am a complete expert on everything on this show and I think people are completely exagerating on their reviews. It's is appropriate as long... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGaara-Kazekage May 1, 2011

Well, I think it's clear that 'I' like the show..

Honestly, I just picked back up on watching it, (a few years back I watched it- and Gaara was 'still' my favorite character). The character developmen... Continue reading

What's the story?

The hugely successful anime series NARUTO follows the trials and tribulations of an orphaned adolescent boy as he progresses through the Ninja Academy. Along the way, he struggles with his own inadequacies -- both in his physical skills as a ninja and his social interactions with other academy students. As an infant, Naruto wound up carrying the spirit of the demon who attacked his village, killing many -- including Naruto's parents. The sprit's presence caused Naruto to be singled out and ostracized by the other villagers. His one friend, ninja instructor Umino Iruka, helps Naruto overcome his feelings of inadequacy and pursue formal ninja instruction.

Is it any good?

Each episode follows Naruto's psychological, physical, and social challenges. At times he's annoying, arrogant, and naïve, but his unyielding spirit to learn and succeed furthers him in his studies. It's these qualities that also make him appealing to viewers -- as demonstrated not only on television, but in DVD and video game sales as well (Naruto is quite the franchise).

Parents should expect lots of wham-bam, ninja-like battles in every episode. Violent fights break out between powers of good and evil, among kids in the academy, and even sometimes within a character's own self. In addition to the kicks, hits, and flips, sharp weapons and explosions are used to further color the battles. Plus, characters sometimes talk about "screwing" over someone and causing ultimate destruction. Female ninja students describe themselves as being "sexy" and strong. And in typical adolescent fashion, girls and boys have crushes on each other and discuss the positive physical attributes of specific classmates.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Naruto's unyielding drive to become a top ninja. He may be at the bottom of the class, but he never falters in his dedication or loses hope about himself and what he's capable of learning. How does his perseverance make kids feel about their own learning curves and challenges?

  • The Japanese language and customs included in the program may also spark a cultural discussion.

TV details

For kids who love action

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