Power Rangers Dino Thunder

Cheesy violence is still too strong for littlest viewers.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show is intended to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

Violence is the only means of conflict resolution for the rangers.

Positive role models

Dr. O is the most prominent adult figure in the teens’ lives. When other adults enter into the storyline, they’re often villains posing as authority figures (like parents and teachers). Of the five team members, only one is female, though she’s able to hold her own in battles with the guys.

Violence & scariness

The show's sci-fi/fantasy nature does little to downplay the pervasive martial arts combat between the rangers and their masked enemies. No blood, but victims fall motionless to the ground, presumably dead. The rangers also summon their Dinozords to do battle, and they use weapons like saws and swords to eliminate the villains.

Sexy stuff
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The Power Rangers franchise is tied to an extensive merchandise line of toys, games, books, clothing, and more. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that brute force is name of the game for the Power Rangers, who use martial arts skills to kick and punch their way out of skirmishes with their enemies. Though the show is clearly rooted in fantasy and there’s never any bloodshed, the sheer volume of the violence is sure to make an impression on kids. The Power Rangers franchise -- which is marketed at the 5+ set but is better suited for kids a little older -- inevitably acts as its own advertiser for an extensive line of merchandise. This mindless show has little to offer in the way of constructive content, and concepts like compromise and peaceful conflict resolution are nonexistent.

What's the story?

In POWER RANGERS DINO THUNDER, Rangers veteran/paleontology professor Tommy Oliver (Jason David Frank) enlists the help of three teens to battle a mutant villain named Mesogog (Latham Gaines) who’s trying to destroy the human race and resurrect dinosaurs’ reign on the planet. When Conner (James Napier), Ethan (Kevin Duhaney), and Kira (Emma Lahana) unearth Dino Gems, they gain superpowers and the abilities of Dinozords, which help them tackle Mesogog’s powerful minions. In time, the team is joined by Trent (Jeffrey Parazzo), who’s also the adopted son of Mesogog’s alter ego, Anton Mercer.

Is it any good?


Most kids are already at least somewhat familiar with the Power Rangers (there are close to 20 different installments of the show, after all), but if they're newcomers, don’t be surprised if Dino Thunder has them kung-fu fighting all over the house in a short time. The show’s glaring absence of substantial content means that there’s little for kids to take away from it besides the extensive martial arts violence, which is rooted in fantasy but still packs an impressionable punch.

Dino Thunder really isn’t suited for the young kids to whom it’s marketed, since the villains -- including head honcho Mesogog -- often pose as trustworthy adult figures in the teens’ lives, blurring the line between fantasy and reality in a way that might frighten little viewers. The content is more age-appropriate for grade-schoolers, but tweens will be turned off by the cheesy acting and predictable plot.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about violence on TV. Kids: What messages do shows like this one send to kids about violence? Do you think people’s actions are influenced by what they see on TV? How does the violence in this show compare to others you’ve seen?

  • Kids: How do advertisers influence the products you want? Are you more inclined to want certain things because they’re tied to shows you like? What are your favorite shows? Do you have any toys or games related to the characters in those shows?

  • Do you like the Power Rangers shows? Why or why not? Why do you think they’ve been successful for so long? Have you seen any of the other Power Rangers series? How does Dino Thunder stack up?

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Parent of a 5 year old Written byashalthoff January 11, 2015
age 6+
What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byTotally500 August 27, 2012
age 7+

dino thunder is good

really good series the acting and the writing are excellent
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written byDrCool May 31, 2012
age 2+

I agree with Blue-Bunny!

The Power Rangers are "cheesey"? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! This show is COOL! So quit being so overprotective guys! Man,I bet the parents on Common Sense Media treats their kids as if they're chicken eggs!


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