Pokémon: Sun and Moon

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Ash goes on vacation in island-set season of classic series.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 13 reviews

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Positive Messages

Respecting cultural traditions, being kind, and being patient are some featured themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ash and his friends are kind and want to do the right thing. The Pokémon are loyal. The Team Skull Grunts aren’t very nice. 

Violence & Scariness

Lots of Pokémon mishaps, ranging from accidental explosions to pinching people’s noses. Battles and new moves are featured. 

Sexy Stuff

The series is based on a video game, and helps market the Pokémon franchise. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pokémon: Sun and Moon is the 20th season of the Pokémon TV series, and features all the creature-driven fantasy violence and life lessons the long-running franchise is known for. Plotlines are based on the video game of the same name, and feature the same characters, including original trainer Ash. Some of the creatures and battles might be a bit much for very young kids, but older fans should be able to handle it. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byquincy12 September 12, 2019

The Masked Royale and Incineroar is still better than WWE

Parents need to know that one episode is banned in the U.S.A. because Ash/Satoshi disguises his face to look like the Pokémon Passimian. There are some frighten... Continue reading
Adult Written byAnnaKotoz July 24, 2019

Awesome, but can be confusing for younger kids

Lilly dresses as a boy for their school play and acts in love with her female classmate, which is innapropriate on multiple levels, but that's just for the... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old December 21, 2020

Ultra cringy

I used to watch this show when I was 7 I loved it but now it's a joke I mean why would 6 people say "Time to eat!" at the same time?! Just no. Li... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySteelTrapLucario December 6, 2020


I HATE THIS SHOW. If it wasn't for Ash Ketchum, then it would be way better. ASH, YOU RUINED POKEMON TV FOR ME!!! ALSO THERE IS A LOT OF SEXY STUFF AND ASH... Continue reading

What's the story?

POKEMON: SUN AND MOON is the 20th season of the Pokémon television series franchise. Ash is on vacation with his mom and Pikachu on the island of Melemele in the tropical paradise of Alola. While on their way to deliver a special egg to Professor Oak’s cousin Samson, he meets Mallow, Lillie, and Sophocles, who attend the local Pokémon school. While there a group of Team Skull grunts start causing trouble, but Kiawe, another student, drives them away with his Pokemon’s powerful Z-Move. Ash finds it fun and interesting, but when the Melele Island Pokemon Tapu Koko appears to him with a Z-Ring that will help him perform the same move, he asks his mother to stay and enroll in the school to study under Professor Kukui and learn more about the Alolan Pokémon.  

Is it any good?

This fun action-packed series, based on the video game of the same name, features all the colorful storylines and Pokemon battles fans look forward to. Thanks to the new, tropical location, there’s lots of new characters and interesting creatures introduced. 

As is the tradition with Pokémon series, Pokémon: Sun and Moon incorporates life lessons into each installment. It also offers its fair share of funny moments. Young Pokemon fans will enjoy it, and older fans may find it this one entertaining, too. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why the Pokémon franchise is so popular. Is it the different creatures? The battles? The humor? How has it changed over the years? 

  • What are some of the life lessons taught in Pokémon: Sun and Moon?  Can they be be applied in every day life? 

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