Power Rangers Zeo

TV review by
KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media
Power Rangers Zeo TV Poster Image
Power Rangers post-Morphin.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Violence is the answer. Only out-kicking and out-punching the other guy will solve the problem. Teamwork is valued.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Rangers have a strong sense of teamwork and good vs. evil, but they rely on violence to solve their problems.

Violence & Scariness

The Rangers use martial arts, laser swords (for want of a better description), bows, and other weapons to battle evil. The violence is campy to an adult, but kids take it as real.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

To love the Power Rangers is to want a variety of Power Ranger accouterments.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Power Rangers in Power Rangers Zeo aren't exactly pacifists. They fight other rangers -- the bad ones -- using martial arts and various weapons. At times the enemy rangers are related to the good rangers, which could be confusing to young viewers. Some episodes rely on scary plot devices, like mind-control machines. Girls and boys are completely equal in the Power Ranger world -- in fact, they're indistinguishable once in costume. The Power Rangers are heavily marketed to the 5+ set, but they're better suited for kids a year or two older.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 and 9 year old Written byNikki T. April 11, 2018

Power Rangers not for younger kids

I let my almost 6 year old daughter watch it and although I do think that it does promote the positive message of good winning over evil and that girls and boys... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old October 26, 2010

Power Rangers Zeo

Better Than Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.Parents Will Obviouslly Hate It But Kids Will Give It 2 Thumbs Up.Power Rangers Should Never End.2+ Again.
Teen, 15 years old Written byCody magill power November 14, 2013

Awsome

Power rangers zeo is way better than mighty morphin power rangers because there is new zords, the morphers are different, totally way better monsters and villia... Continue reading

What's the story?

POWER RANGERS ZEO is the story of what happens to the rangers after their Morphin powers are destroyed. The rangers are still brightly colored karate experts, and the villains are still low-budget actors in robot costumes, but these are the new (in 1996, anyway) rangers. The entire Power Rangers oeuvre may be indistinguishable to adults (who see only the costumes and bad effects), but kids know of a whole series of different rangers, all with different goals and different bad guys. Putting aside the violence, it's a relatively harmless obsession. But the violence may be hard to put aside; to adults it seems campy and contrived, but young viewers take it very seriously.

Is it any good?

The Power Rangers series is a fairly mild introduction to the action movie-style violence we take for granted in everything from television programs to video games to commercials. But if it's your children's first step beyond Noggin et al, you'll probably see a difference in the way they play post Ranger viewing. Swords, slashing, and kicking will rule the day for a while.

Power Rangers Zeo always includes a comic subplot to go along with the battle of the day, but it's funny only for the youngest and least sophisticated viewers. This isn't really family programming -- it's pretty painful for anyone over 12 -- it's TV as junk food, designed to sell Power Rangers Halloween costumes and action figures.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why karate kicking isn't the best way to solve problems in real life. Are the Power Rangers good role models? How do the rangers in Power Rangers Zeo relate to one another and to their leader or guide, a former ranger named Billy. 

  • The rangers spend most of their time battling evil (who doesn't?), but they have to practice and train to get better. Do you think the green ranger would be able to beat the robot if she didn't practice?

  • Virtually all of the characters are created in a way that allows footage filmed in one country to be used everywhere else the rangers are seen -- since you can't see the characters' mouths moving, any language can be dubbed in. What advantages does that offer?

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