Robot and Monster

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Funny, well-rounded 'toon has great social messages.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 22 reviews

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

Educational Value

The show aims to entertain rather than to educate, but there are some positive lessons about friendship and self-identity.

Positive Messages

The series centers on an unlikely pair of best friends whose differences complement each other and make their relationship work. Each story shows the characters working through a difficult dilemma or situation like overcoming a fear of the doctor or breaking a promise to a friend. The processes by which they solve their problems isn't without mistakes, but eventually they get it right and make amends where necessary. There's an older brother/bully presence who occasionally causes grief for Robot.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Both Robot and Monster are comfortable being themselves in a world where no two creatures are alike. Though they have very different personalities and often opposing impressions of what it means to be a good friend, they maintain a sweet relationship. Other characters don’t always mean well, but their actions stand out as examples of how not to be.

Violence & Scariness

The characters endure some bumps, crashes, explosions, knocks, and dismemberment, but there's no lasting injury.

Sexy Stuff

An oversized female character's most noticeable features are her disproportionately gigantic breasts, which are often accentuated by the graphics on her shirts. Not surprisingly, she's the object of multiple crushes from the guys around her, including Robot and Monster.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Robot and Monster is a hilarious animated series that celebrates friendship and explores kid-related issues with comedy and quirkiness. The title characters work hard to set aside their differences and relate to each other, and they find that it's easier to face the troubles they have as a team rather than alone. Each story includes a lesson about being a good friend, overcoming fear, or some other issue that kids will relate to. Expect some cartoon violence (explosions, robot combustion, etc.) and allusions to male characters' affection for a busty female. Bathroom humor includes farting noises, vomiting, burping, and mention of "number two."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7-year-old Written bypachyquin July 8, 2015

Actually watch the show!

The parents' bad reviews of this amazing show on here are both from fans of other titles who have never even watched this gem. When you watch it, you'... Continue reading
Parent of a 6, 10, and 14-year-old Written byKako February 21, 2015

Best Nickelodeon Cartoon

This show is the best Nick has ever done with a cartoon, I believe. Morals and likeable characters abound in a colourful save-for-kids TV show. It was only on f... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySpacething7474 April 30, 2018

I wish it got renewed.

This show was hilarious! It was one of the 1st Nick shows I remember watching, so this means a lot to me. I wished the 2nd season became an actual thing. It’s s... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byScrappyBoom September 16, 2016


It's okay I guess

What's the story?

In ROBOT AND MONSTER, the title characters are best friends, roommates, and coworkers at the Blinking Light Factory. Robot (voiced by Curtis Armstrong) is a Mechanical who takes a serious view of the world and frets over just about everything. By contrast, Organic Monster (Harland Williams) is lighthearted and goofy, finding fun in every situation and always taking a positive view of the world. Together these unlikely pals share a friendship that sees them through their ups and downs, including their like-minded crushes on J.D. (Megan Hilty); the influence of Robot's arrogant older brother, Gart (Maurice LaMarche); and their irritating third wheel, Ogo (Jonathan Slavin).

Is it any good?

Opposites truly do attract in this lively, laugh-out-loud CGI series that offers kids a wonderful portrayal of a friendship that triumphs against all odds. Robot and Monster couldn't be less alike, yet somehow their relationship brings out the best in each of them and helps them through the troubles that pop up in their daily lives. Many of the show's laughs are rooted in the main characters' polar-opposite personalities, which cause plenty of mishaps and exacerbate others that befall them, but it's the moments when the two come to a mutual understanding that take the cake for sweetness and make a lasting impression on kids.

Here's even more good news: The assorted cast of supporting characters lets viewers see Robot and Monster deal with issues like bullying and overcoming fears in lighthearted, non-threatening situations, so their messages can reach a range of ages. Of course, that assumes that your kids will pick up on all of the dialogue, which might be tough given that the show's top-notch writing is sure to leave them in stitches while they watch.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about relationships. Are some friendships harder than others to maintain? What issues can create problems between friends? What are some good ways to handle these kinds of differences?

  • Kids: How do this show's creators carry through the "robot" and "monster" themes in other characters and in their surroundings? Is one group better represented than another? How do these characters compare to those in some of your other favorite shows?

  • Which characters are negative influences on Robot and Monster? How/why? How does it affect your behavior when you're influenced in a bad way by someone else? Is it hard to overcome this kind of pressure?

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