A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's primary intent is to entertain, not educate.
Characters always rely on violence to resolve conflict -- but at least they do so as a team.
Positive Role Models
The Rangers are clearly good guys who work well together as a team, and the lone female Ranger holds her own in strength and courage among her male counterparts. But the team's reliance on violence as a means of conflict resolution doesn't set the best example for kids.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is central to the show's plot, with lots of physical battles in each episode. Martial-arts style fighting includes kicks, punches, and occasional weapons (sticks and some firepower). No one is shown seriously injured, but in at least one scene, a man dies and transforms into a spirit.
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Products & Purchases
The series comes complete with a line of toys and games for kids, and the series itself acts as a marketing tool for the merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, like its many predecessors, Power Rangers: Jungle Fury has lots of violence, which is the only available means of conflict resolution. Rangers engage in hand-to-hand martial-arts battles and sometimes use weapons (sticks, nunchuks, and firepower), and some villains morph into huge, insect-like creatures with menacing claws. The show (and its accompanying line of merchandise) is heavily marketed to the 5+ set, but its violent content is more appropriate for kids a few years older.
Is It Any Good?
For older kids who can distinguish the good guys from the bad and fantasy from reality, there's little in the 16th series in the Power Rangers franchise that's likely to surprise them. Power Rangers: Jungle Fury will no doubt appeal to tween boys' sense of adventure, but plenty of them are probably savvy enough to find the predictable plot and overacting a bit too goofy even for their taste.
Ultimately, the show is dragged down by its reliance on violence for entertainment. The content sends poor messages to kids about resolving conflict, and children old enough to understand the unrealistic nature of what they're watching will be turned off by the corniness. So unless your kids are true-blue Rangers fans, you're better off sterring their attention away from this latest iteration.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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