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Pokémon TV Poster Image
As much about marketing as it is imagination.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 34 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 170 reviews

We think this TV show stands out for:

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

Positive Messages

Honor, respecting elders, team work, friendship all themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Main characters are good sports, good friends, and value their Pokémon. 

Violence & Scariness

Pokemon characters are fighters; laser shots, explosive battles, punching, kicking, humorous explosions common. No major injuries or bloodshed. 

Sexy Stuff

As is typical with anime, female characters wear short skirts, breast-enhancing tops.


Occasional name-calling like "twerp" and "knucklehead."


Characters featured in endless games, toys, etc. all over the world. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the long-running Pokémon series is based on characters from a popular video game, and is part of a giant licensing juggernaut. The Pokémon are kid-appealing, but the series features lots of fantasy violence, and pits the cute, monster-like characters against each other on behalf of their trainers. There are some positive messages (teamwork, sportsmanship, respecting elders), but it may be too intense for younger children. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byParranormalHour February 5, 2012

Honestly people!

Again this review is because every one likes to insult some of my favorite kids tv shows. I remember I was four when i started watching this my cousin (He was 5... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 and 13 year old Written bydirelan March 8, 2014

Values the importance of friendship and teamwork

I remember watching this show when I was in high school. There are important lessons in each episode. I have been able to go over the lessons with my son, and t... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byKiro April 9, 2008

Cute and cuddly violence

Pokemon's the dumbest show, but it's cute. The characters are all total goodies. Even Team Rocket (I'm referring to Jessie and James) are really... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byCartoonaholic_C... April 9, 2008


Pokemon, Pokemon, PO-KEY-MON!!! Not only the games are good, the anime is, too. One of the most cutest (and vicious) shows ever (Franny's Feet is another c... Continue reading

What's the story?

The Japanese anime series POKÉMON follows the adventures of Ash, his friends, and their group of cute and highly skilled monster-like creatures that battle in tournaments on their behalf. Ash travels throughout remote, mysterious lands and works hard to become a highly skilled Pokémon trainer. Throughout his journey he meets old pals, makes new friends, and works with his Pokémon to help them use their different powers to fight when summoned. Ash and his friends must also face Team Rocket, whose mission is to steal all Pokémon in a quest for global domination.


Is it any good?

Over the years, the energetic, imagination-filled, Japanese-inspired fantasy series has cut across cultural, gender, and age barriers to captivate a global audience of girls, boys, and even adults. But like any product that inspires obsessions, it has received its share of criticism. Folks may also find the franchise's massive commercial appeal disturbing, especially since the show is mainly geared towards kids. 

The whole concept of human characters summoning subordinates to battle on their behalf may be troubling to some. This can potentially send iffy messages to children with pets, too. But despite the endless fantasy violence, Pokémon attempts to promote messages about choosing the right path in life and resolving differences peacefully--before the fighting starts. 


Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of Pokémon in the United States. Why do people of all ages find it appealing? What are the most popular Pokémon? Why?

  • What are the differences between Pokémon and real-life pets. How do Ash and his friends care for their Pokémon? How do we care for pets differently? Why are the Pokémon loyal to them and fight on their behalf? How about Team Rocket? Can we ever expect animals to fight on our behalf?

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