A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Passing lessons about teamwork, but no concrete educational value.
The Rangers are determined to thwart the evil computer Venjix, which controls an army of robots that want to destroy humanity. But violence seems to be the only method they use to tackle problems.
Positive Role Models
The group works as a team and has worthwhile goals -- but they rely too much on violence as a problem solver.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of action sequences, including martial arts-style combat, gun battles, jet fighters, hostile robots, and lots of really big explosions. Many robots are destroyed, but no people are hurt, and the fight scenes include lighthearted banter.
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Products & Purchases
The Power Rangers are part of an enormous toy franchise, and there are many product tie-ins.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Power Rangers: RPM is part of the long-running children's franchise that offers up plenty of big, fiery explosions, armies of hostile robots, martial arts, and more -- but the action delivers a lot more noise than danger. The fact that nobody seems to get hurt is appropriate for a show aimed at kids, but it also diminishes the consequences of violence. And, while the Power Rangers are heavily marketed to the 5+ set, they're better suited for kids a year or two older, as the youngest viewers might find some of the villains too scary. On the up side, the Rangers do work well together as a team.
Is It Any Good?
The show will entertain young viewers but not tax them and will probably spur many requests for Power Ranger toys. The long-running Power Rangers franchise has been through many incarnations over the years, but the basic nature of the show has changed little: Athletic and appealing young people are transformed into superheroes, creating a nearly unstoppable team. The primary difference between each character is the color of their uniform, and the brightly colored costumes -- especially the bulky helmets with their opaque visors -- make the individuals seem almost interchangeable. One Red Ranger (Eka Darville, in this series) is much like another.
Power Rangers: RPM's simple structure and very basic storylines make it easy for kids to follow (an episode's plot typically goes like this: The Power Rangers encounter robots; fisticuffs and explosions follow; the Power Rangers emerge victorious), but the show is loud and action packed, which makes it a bit intense for the youngest viewers. Still, there's never much doubt about how the battles will end, and the Rangers trade witty quips during their fights, so even they seem to know there isn't much conflict in their conflicts.
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