Pair of Kings

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Corny, unrealistic comedy has so-so messages for tweens.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 44 reviews

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age 14+

Okay...

Pair of Kings was disappointing. Okay, let me explain before you come for my throat! I watched POK as a kid, then watched it as an adult. It has a great, interesting universe, great jokes, nice character dynamics, and lots of potential. Except that the creators/network took that potential and shoved it in the trash (so that I don't say they threw it on harsher places). Before you tell me that I'm seeing it as an adult and it wasn't made for my kind of public -- I watch other kids' shows and they are able to use their potential to their fullest. Pair of Kings, from a writing point of view, was extremely lazy, incoherent, and filled with plot holes. Their world building should've been amazing, but it was lacking, as was their character building. Watching Pair of Kings sometimes is like standing over a cliff during an earthquake, because the potential is there, it's clear to see it, you can feel it coming, it builds up, you think "yes, it's happening" waiting to fall down the cliff of development into amazing story and character arcs... and the earthquake stops. Nothing happens. And this just repeats on and on throughout the series -- on one episode, a character learns a valuable lesson; a few episodes later (sometimes, in the very next episode), we see this character with the same attitude or behavior they learned a lesson about. And that's not even bringing the third season into play. I will be fair, though, if you can ignore how lazily executed Brady's leave was, season three was the best one. Season three had recognizable character and story arcs, and Boz isn't that bad if you can ignore the unfortunate reason why he's there at all. Which takes us to the problematic issues... I can give some of them a bit of flexibility because, well, it *is* a 2010s show, but they're still issues that should be addressed. To quote a few, the blatant misogyny with which Mikayla is treated (C'mon, *Boz* had a character arc and she didn't, despite being in the series since episode one) (actually, almost all women in this show are objectified, but Mikayla is the one who suffers the most, being a main character); the fact that Brady openly and consistently harasses and stalks Mikayla with little to no consequences even though she said "no" countless times; the way Brady abuses his position of power so many times (and I'm quoting Brady here but not Boomer too because that was something that Brady did *way* more than either of his brothers); the way Boomer is treated and portrayed as stupid, many times as a foil to Brady being portrayed white-savior-like; the fact that Kinkow is in Oceania and, yet, everyone on the island is either white or asian (I don't know if I should classify that as white-washing, racism, blatant lack of research, or all three combined); and the fact that Brady is misgendered multiple times, even in season three, in which he wasn't a part of. And that's just to name a few issues I have with the show. Overall, it's watchable. Again, the jokes are great and the character dynamics too. But, if you're going to let your child watch it, I suggest letting them know that not everything that happens in it is okay and that there are things they shouldn't reproduce.
age 8+

Cute show

The show has its silly jokes that are meant for kids . i don’t think it supposed to have anything but childish jokes . yes brady flirts with a character named Mikhaela but it’s not inappropriate . and each give episode gives a nice message . the two boys making mistakes but learning from them and doing the right thing . i also seen someone commented on the character mikhaela’s clothes ? her clothes isn’t tight they fit her like anyone else . they are supposed to be on an island so just like everyone else there she wears shorts to her knees and t-shirts . not one person that is normal would look at her and sexualize her .

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