Right Now Kapow

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Sketch comedy entertains with superficial laughs.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 11 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 series features creative characters and character hybrids, and the humor has cross-generational appeal. Positive messages and substantive content aren't a focus of the show; rather generating laughs through mostly clean comedy is its goal. Much exaggeration and some very mild stereotyping in characterizations.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Few attempts at portraying role models of any kind, as the characters' personalities and their actions are exaggerated for comic effect.

Violence & Scariness

Some monster-like characters who are funnier than they are scary. In one scene, a werewolf bites a friend to transfer the curse, and she does the same.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Right Now Kapow is an animated sketch comedy series and joint production from Warner Bros. and Disney. The skits are very short (many in the 30-second range) and certainly don't challenge viewers in any way, but they're clean, fun, and filled with creativity. Expect some very mild stereotypes in the characterizations (a bitter, harried teacher; a smooth-talking singer and his sassy partner) but nothing that might offend.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKanemori October 4, 2016

An interesting concept

When I first heard about this show, I went to all the usual resources to find out what it was about. I searched for the overall plot and character names etc. I... Continue reading
Adult Written bydanny 7000 June 7, 2017

right now Kapow! is not for little kids

i think right now Kapow! is a amazing show but its not for little kids because its very vilonte a pineapple girl punches a lion in the face a monster is seen de... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 28, 2016

Boring Show Ever

Right now Kapow seems like the boringly show I've ever seen air on Disney xd the graphics,context,and stuff 100% boring...Not very fun to watch!
Teen, 16 years old Written bysillysasha123 October 13, 2016

Cringey, but the humor can be pretty good

When I first saw the previews, I didn't even want to bother. Know that the previews are actually pretty misleading. Yes, the animation is pretty bad. I wou... Continue reading

What's the story?

Warner Bros. and Disney's joint venture, RIGHT NOW KAPOW, comprises brief skits starring its six cast members: Dog (voiced by Michael Blaiklock), Candy (Alana Johnston), Ice Cream (Kyle Kinane), Diamond (Emily Maya Mills), Plant (Betsy Sodaro), and Moon (Baron Vaughn). In each sketch, some combination of the six performs jokes, songs, and sketch comedy bits in one of their many characterizations. From an R&B singer who finds out too much about the love of his life to a sphinx who doesn't take defeat well, these characters are unique and just a little bizarre.

Is it any good?

This unique series is an acquired taste, and most viewers will agree it has a love-it-or-leave-it aura about it. The characters' heads are shaped like their namesakes (Ice Cream's a frozen treat, Plant has leaf hair, and so on), and when they're not atop a character in a skit, they float about the screen disembodied. A bit strange, to be sure, but it's the kind of thing that seems to fit this quirky spin on the inherent freedom of the sketch-comedy style.

RIGHT NOW KAPOW is the substantive equivalent of a bag of candy, but that doesn't mean it's without merit. It takes real talent to entertain audiences in the confines of a 30-second skit, and this show's writers do that very well. Some are better than others, obviously, but with so much creativity and diversity of stories and characters, this is a fun show for those looking to be entertained.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Right Now Kapow's comedy style. Did you like it? Were there parts you didn't find funny? Is it jarring to have the story and characters change so rapidly in the course of one episode? Would you watch it again?

  • Kids: What do you look for in the shows and movies you watch? Do you like to be taught something? Challenged to look at things a different way? Just plain entertained? How does this show stack up against your favorites?

  • Why are screen limits important? What are your family's rules about screen time? Which screen-free activities do you most enjoy?

TV details

For kids who love sketch comedy

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