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Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Action-packed toon attacks messages with mixed results.

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 18+

Great show,

This show is great for all ages especially children, the nomicon gives actual lessons that can be used in real life and the show just has a general sillyness anybody could enjoy, plus it’s just dang funny. Highly recommend.

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Educational value
Great messages
age 7+

This is really nice show

I think this is really a nice show About the story and the battle it's really good I hope the season 3 will be aired soon

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (18):

Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja taps into a familiar plot point: An unlikely hero emerges from the shadows to be his compatriots' saving grace in the face of danger. It's a fun concept to run with and offers plenty of opportunities for humor and chaos as Randy and his best friend attempt to keep his true identity hidden while duking it out with the bad guys, but the show misses the mark somewhat when it comes to exploring and defining heroism itself. As Randy adjusts to his new role, viewers see him rely more on the tricks that his ninja suit holds and the play-by-play advice his book offers than on his own skills and instinct. Plus, he finds that his prowess as a fabled, if anonymous, ninja does little to change his fortunes on the popularity front, which is the other battle he's fighting at school.

Of course, none of this will bother the tweens that this cartoon hopes to rein in. They'll be so absorbed in the fast-paced story and quirky characters that they might not even notice that there are underlying messages to be heard, but if you can draw them into a conversation about the issues -- including the definition of popularity as it relates to your kids' experiences -- there might be some value to the show after all.

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