Power Rangers Samurai

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Violence is still heavy in cheesy martial-arts series.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 54 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

The Samurais are committed to teamwork and trust their partners in battle, and it’s only with the combination of their skills that they can defeat the enemy. Each story also follows a character’s struggle with an issue of some kind, and its resolution always has positive messages for kids. On the downside, the show’s reliance on violence implies that it’s the only way to resolve issues.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The heroes model teamwork, concentration, focus, and dedication to honing their craft. That said, they're quick to turn to violence as a means of conflict resolution.

Violence & Scariness

The heroes are martial arts experts and use their skills to battle monsters of all shapes and sizes. Kicking, punching, and weapons like swords and sticks are prevalent, and in some sequences, the monsters are shown injured (one had his arms cut off, though there was no blood) or exploding in death. The Samurais usually escape mostly unharmed. Monsters will scare youngsters.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Name-calling like "nitwit," but no cursing.

Consumerism

The show is part of a ubiquitous product line of toys, games, and apparel.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that violence remains the biggest concern in Power Rangers Samurai, another iteration of the Power Rangers series. Teens use swords, sticks, and control over nature’s elements (like fire and water) to battle monsters, and the exchanges usually end with the monsters’ deaths. Though blood is scarce, the Rangers aim to kill, stabbing, cutting (in one case, a monster’s arms are sliced off), and exploding their enemies. That said, the show does make an effort to promote positive themes like relying on dedication to a skill and contributing to a team effort, but older kids are more likely to be turned off by the considerable cheesiness of the show’s special effects than they will be influenced by these messages.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 and 10 year old Written bydrewster February 12, 2012

It's ok

It's really cheesy and it's not a good show. The "monsters' are totally fake. The show is way too violent but there is a little bit of posit... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 year old Written bykeithrchapman February 18, 2011

Longtime fan and pleasantly surprised.

As a long time viewer of Power Rangers (every season thus far) this season has a lot of heart. The role models on the team are particularly well-done. The stori... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byEyanTywan November 12, 2011

-_- SMH Bad

The effects and action are... (trying not to curse) terrible. With the "explosions" all they do is jump. The monsters are worse. Everything is falling... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTommyhead November 3, 2013

For kids + teens 7-15

For kids + teens 7-15 This program contains in it lots of action, violents and character humilliation but also contains important messages that kids and teens (... Continue reading

What's the story?

In POWER RANGERS SAMURAI, five teens team up to protect the world from the infiltration of the evil Master Xandred (Jeff Szusterman) and his legion of followers. Under Mentor Ji’s (Rene Naufahu) guidance, Jayden (Alex Heartman), Kevin (Najee De Tiege), Mike (Hector David Jr.), Mia (Erika Fong), and Emily (Brittany Anne Pirtle) train in the art of the samurai and learn to harness the power of Earth’s elements with their Spin Swords to overpower their enemies. When they’re not in battle themselves, they can call on their robotic animal-themed Foldingzords, which can combine to form the nearly undefeatable Samurai Megazord.

Is it any good?

This show fails to impress in light of better modern animation, and it's likely that even kids will notice the corny special effects and outlandish monsters. However, Power Rangers Samurai joins the long-running franchise that’s known as much for its marketing line of toys, books, and games as it is for the TV series that popularized the characters. Needless to say, the commercial quality of the show is still going strong, and the advent of this incarnation means that a whole new line of merchandise will grace store shelves.

The Power Rangers series has undergone nominal changes over the years, but the basic plot remains the same: Colorfully costumed teens become weapon-wielding superheroes and fight to save the world from the clutches of a myriad of monsters. What’s more, the show’s violence makes it tricky to target an age group, since kids old enough to tolerate the battle scenes will be turned off by the silly nature of the content. True, there are some basic messages about teamwork and self-confidence, but most of this is lost amid the action.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about this series’ longevity and Power Rangers Samurai in particular. Why do you think the Power Rangers have stuck around so long? Do you think the shows are very good? Why or why not? Which of the different versions have you seen? Do you have a favorite?

  • How much of the show’s success do you think relates to its extensive product line? What items have you seen with the Power Rangers brand on them? Does that make you more inclined to want them? Why or why not?

  • Do you think the violence in this show is appropriate or inappropriate? How does it compare to what you see in other TV series? Did it seem realistic? How does a show’s animation style affect the content’s impact?

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