Robot's firepower makes show iffy for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Robotboy's Japanese nemeses are victims of negative stereotyping.

Violence & scariness

Robotboy reacts to anger by fighting, and his limbs become guns to battle inanimate enemies.

Sexy stuff

Boy/girl relationships are alluded to in a playful, teasing tone.


Kids use words like "butt" and call each other "stupid."


Characters spend their free time playing video games.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that when he's angry, Robotboy's arms transform into guns, and he shoots robotic enemies in defense of his friends. The Japanese villain and his servant are portrayed as bumbling fools with exaggerated accents. While teamwork and friendship are embedded in the moral of each episode, the lessons are overshadowed by the show's action.

What's the story?

Created by Professor Moshimo, ROBOTBOY is an android prototype so special that he would likely be extremely valuable to evildoers. Realizing the danger to his invention, the professor sends Robotboy to live with Tommy Turnbull, who will show him what life is like as a true boy. Tommy and his friends, Gus and Lola, face challenges typical of kids their age: bullying, teasing, name-calling. However, the trio must also combat the constant efforts of the evil Dr. Kamikazi and his servant, Constantine, who are bent on using Robotboy to help them take over the world. The kids rely on teamwork and Robotboy's Incredible Hulk-like transformation (he changes into a gun-armed dynamo when he gets mad) to escape Dr. Kamikazi and foil his plans.

Is it any good?


Kids may relate to the friendship among Tommy, Lola, and Gus, and will enjoy watching the trio scheme to defeat the bad guys. (Relationships within the trio are complicated by the fact that Gus relentlessly teases Tommy and Lola for being boyfriend and girlfriend, which they vehemently deny.) The show also offers some gross-out moments, which are always hits with kids, if repulsive to adults. One example: When Kamikazi has a cold, viewers get to watch his nasal secretions in action.

Bottom line: With its monotonous plotlines and a villain whose common sense is questionable, Robotboy is a mediocre choice. Even though his shooting targets are strictly inanimate, the fact that, in anger, Robotboy becomes a walking machine gun should concern parents.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how working with others can help overcome challenges. Families also might discuss the villains and what makes them appear evil. Do they look or sound scary? What makes them seem more dangerous than gun-shooting Robotboy? Families also could talk about the dynamics within the circles of friends. Is it OK for Gus to tease Tommy and Lola about something they say isn't true?

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Parent of an infant, 3, and 6 year old Written byAPatteson January 5, 2009

Horribly Inappropriate!

My husband was watching this show for the first time with our boys at 10:00 in the morning -- I can't remember the episode -- and it cut to a scene with a news anchor caught off guard, not ready to be on the air because he had a HALF-NAKED woman sitting on the desk in front of him doing his makeup or something. And when I say half-naked, I mean anatomically correct, grown woman with a skin-tight tank top on and nothing else!! Her bare bottom was completely exposed. Can someone please tell me how this is appropriate for a children's cartoon?!?!?! Please do not let your children watch this.
Kid, 12 years old March 31, 2009


The show contains lots of violence, sex, language, consumerism, and so on, as bad as a NO KIDS show, book, film, game and so on. Tommy shows nudity when getting ready for school in one episode, and those children! They play video games, even rated M or AO. They might even watch Scanners (1981). EVEN worse than VeggieTales Presents: LarryBoy Adventures
Teen, 14 years old Written byANDREEAHIHNIHV5NI4HW February 15, 2014


What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism


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