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NFL Rush Zone



Positive messages, but markets NFL and teams to kids.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids see examples of people learning to get along with others, cooperating, and making amends for mistakes.

Positive messages

In each story a character or group of characters must right a wrong they've committed, and the theme is revisited throughout the show. Animated versions of guest stars from the NFL have cameos in the show and dole out words of wisdom related to the issue as well. Good and evil are clearly defined, and the teamwork is essential to the heroes' success.

Positive role models

All of the good guys display admirable qualities like loyalty, friendliness, and teamwork, and they're committed to the fight against Wild Card and his crew. The NFL players always have good advice to give and act on the show's themes about responsibility and civic-mindedness themselves.

Violence & scariness

Villains are robots who use blasters and sound waves in addition to brute force to exert control, but they typically get the worst of their clashes with the guardians. Exchanges often end with one or more villains losing a body part or two, but there's no blood.

Sexy stuff
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The show's affiliation with the NFL is evident throughout, in NFL and individual team logos; t-shirts, jerseys, and other league-sponsored merchandise onscreen and on the characters; and guest appearances by league stars like Andy Dalton and Jermaine Gresham.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that NFL Rush Zone is heavily laden in advertising for the National Football League, its teams, and its star players, some of whom lend their voices to animated versions of themselves. The characters wear team jerseys and hang team posters in their rooms, they visit various stadiums to thwart villains who break in, and star players like John Harbaugh and Drew Brees lend their likenesses and their voices to the cast. What's more, each episode also includes a lengthy highlight reel for each player guest, contributing the commercial-like feel of the NFL-sponsored show. Expect some cartoon violence (blasters, robot dismemberment, sound wave manipulation, etc.) in clashes between the robot villains and the young heroes, with no ill effects on the teens' side. Each episode also touts positive character traits like responsibility and consideration of others' feelings.

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What's the story?

NFL RUSH ZONE is an animated series about Ish (voiced by Malachi Cohen), a football fan who's endowed with the special powers of a guardian and tasked with protecting items sacred to the NFL and its teams. The first season centered on Ish's efforts to safeguard team shards from a villain named Sudden Death; the second saw an older Ish team up with new guardians to stop Wild Card (Troy Baker) from claiming power sources called Megacores from each of the NFL's stadiums. Joining Ish are Marty (Andy Aragon), Troy (Johnny Bosch), Tua (Ogie Banks), and a former adversary, Ash (Nika Futterman). Together these teens are the first line of defense between the Megacores and Wild Card's diabolical scheme to control them.

Is it any good?


NFL Rush Zone is a joint project between the NFL and Nickelodeon, a pairing unexpected enough that it begs questions about the purpose behind it and the products it manufactures. The show is geared toward kids, some of whom may already know their way around a football game and a favorite NFL team, but plenty others of whom probably don't. If NFL and Nickelodeon have anything to do with it, though, that will change, and the show will inspire not so much an affection for the game as a burning desire to lay claim to the colorful brand logos on parade throughout the series.

Of course, kids who are already fans of the league and its teams will really enjoy how the show incorporates its guest stars, and the good news is that they play a big role in illustrating some worthwhile messages about relationships and personal responsibility. But the real kicker? The show devotes too much time to pushing the NFL brand that the actual storyline gets lost in the shuffle.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the media influences our buying and viewing habits. Kids: Are you more inclined to watch the NFL after seeing this show? What products do you see promoted in commercials? How do they make them seem desirable?

  • Kids: How would you define a hero? Which people in your life are your role models? What characteristics do you particularly admire in them?

TV details

Premiere date:September 6, 2010
Cast:Malachi Cohen, Ogie Banks, Troy Baker
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Superheroes
TV rating:TV-Y7-FV
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written bysmoshLOL691 November 1, 2013

gay and bad!

Vistor - (looks at NFL Rush Zone poster) Very good Nicktoons! You have created one of the worst shows i have ever seen! Can i help you with taking this show off the air? Nicktoons President - No.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old August 8, 2013

Nicktoons could do better....

I hated everything about the show! The story is pathetic, even though it is totally fiction, since when did football teams ever get their "Power" from Megacores? And the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of KIDS!! And "Wild Card" just wants to destroy the sport because he was never good at it? Talk about BABY! Can't he just put his past behind him and JUST GET OVER IT?! In MY opinion, there were people who lived long and happy lives without football, so I don't really see why the guardians have to defend it, and technically, How could you destroy football anyway? So... In conclusion, NFL Rush Zone is simply an offense against fans of the sport.
Kid, 10 years old January 28, 2014

Plainly weird

It's just crazy weird. The animation is creepy, the villain is such a whiny baby, and the heroes... aren't even real heroes. COME ON NICKELODEON! LOOK BACK TO ALL YOUR AWESOME SHOWS AND MAKE ONE AS AWESOME AS SPONGEBOB! WE NEED ONE RIGHT HERE IN THE UPCOMING YEAR OF 2015! DON'T DISAPPOINT US AND MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE YOU MADE IN 2014!
What other families should know
Too much consumerism