A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Violence is the only means of conflict resolution throughout the series. That said, the Power Rangers do rely on each other's individual strengths to battle their enemies.
Positive Role Models
Even though they fall back on violence as a means of conflict resolution, there are some positive notes here -- for example, female characters are strong, and the cast has some diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of violence -- martial arts style fighting and high-tech shoot-outs -- with little to no consequences.
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Products & Purchases
Power Rangers merchandise (toys, games, clothes) gets a lot of publicity from the series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Power Rangers SPD contains plenty of violence -- martial arts style fighting and high-tech shoot-outs -- with little to no consequences. It's unrealistic, and there's never any blood. The Power Rangers are heavily marketed to the 5+ set, but they're better suited for kids a year or two older.
Is It Any Good?
The dialogue, costumes, and sets in this series are so campy they make the original Star Trek look sophisticated. Power Rangers SPD takes itself so seriously that it's funny, although kids young enough to find it entertaining will probably miss the unintentional humor. Little attention is paid to character development or interaction; instead, the show glories in extended fight scenes, combining martial arts combat with sci-fi shoot-'em-ups.
The series plays into kids' fantasies of empowerment, and some viewers may revel in the excitement of one fight scene after another. Still, the fighting is all the show really has to offer. The characters seem to exist only to do battle and have little to occupy themselves with when they're not clobbering the bad guys. Viewers young enough to find the simplistic plots entertaining may still be young enough to blur the line between real and fantasy violence, which makes this show problematic.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.