Star Wars: The Clone Wars

TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Some decent messages wrapped up in the Force.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 63 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 164 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The Jedi are constantly battling against the dark side to help justice and peace prevail. Yoda tries to suggest that violence isn't the best way to solve problems -- but at one point also forces the bad guys to shoot themselves. That said, he does also emphasize the value of a person's individual gifts. Some characters (like Jabba the Hutt) are unapologetic criminals.

Violence & Scariness

There's a fair amount of shooting and things exploding, just like in the movies. But most of the things being shot are robots, and it's all animated. Characters are frequently in peril and often use weapons, mostly blasters and lightsabers.

Sexy Stuff

The whole Star Wars franchise comes with a vast merchandising program and lots of toys and other products -- and this show is no exception.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids -- and Star Wars fans of all ages -- will be eager to check out this extension of the mega-hit franchise. It's much tamer and more age-appropriate for kids than the most recent live-action films, but there's still a fair amount of violence, from lightsaber battles to the typical shooting and explosions. And for all that Yoda preaches avoiding aggression, he can certainly do some intense damage when he's attacked. The whole galaxy is at war, so conflict and peril are frequent.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChris_Feher April 17, 2020

I Can't Believe CSM's Rating!

I am not sure why CSM rated this a 3/5, but I am certain that they are absolutely wrong. The Clone Wars is one of the best on screen adaptations of Star Wars ev... Continue reading
Adult Written byKidclouty February 6, 2020


This show started in 2008 when I was 9 years old and the final season is coming out in a few weeks with me being 20.
The story is amazing. I've noticed a... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byIntellectual_Muskrat May 30, 2019


I cannot put to words how much I adore this show. Don’t listen to the other reviews. These people clearly never binged all 6 seasons.... twice......

Remember t... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byShade9099 July 6, 2019

Surpasses Most of the Star Wars Movies, Not for younger kids

The animated series surpasses most of the Star Wars films, including episodes 1-3 and 6-8. The series has run for over 130 episodes, and new seasons are spewing... Continue reading

What's the story?

The galaxy far, far away is under attack yet again. Or still. STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS tells additional stories from the earlier part of the Star Wars saga, before Anakin Skywalker (voiced by Matt Lanter) turns to the dark side. As the galaxy reels under the onslaught of the clone wars, bad guys Palpatine (Ian Abercrombie) and Count Dooku (Corey Burton) continue to wreak havoc, while heroes Anakin, Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor), Yoda (Tom Kane), padawan Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), and others do their best to thwart their plans.

Is it any good?

While there's nothing particularly surprising about this show, it's fun overall, and the animation is beautiful. And kids even get some decent messages wrapped up in the Star Wars philosophy of the Force and staying focused on the right things: Yoda advises some clones (still good guys at the point he addresses them) that even if they all look alike, they each have individual gifts ... none of which involve blowing the bad guys to smithereens, even though that's the eventual result.

Bottom line? If you love Star Wars or are an animation aficionado, you'll love the show. If you aren't, you won't.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this series fits into the overall Star Wars story. Does it matter that you know Anakin's eventual fate? Does watching this show help fill in anything that you didn't know about in the movies? Families can also discuss whether watching this show makes kids want to buy tie-in toys and other products. Kids: Are pretend games more fun if you're playing with a toy figure or if you pretend to be the characters yourselves?

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