Stoked

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Teens spend summer surfing, flirting in fun animated series.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 26 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Teens are able to pursue their dreams -- in this case to spend the summer surfing -- if they're willing to work to achieve their goals. The main characters are a diverse group.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most of the characters are more than willing to work hard, sometimes handling particularly unpleasant tasks, for the privilege of spending the summer at a surfing resort. But the daughter of the resort’s owner is a spoiled princess who’s forced to work for the first time in her life and doesn’t particularly like it.

Violence

Some slapstick, animated action.

Sex

Mild flirting and a few slightly suggestive comments. The female characters often wear bikinis.

Language

Very tame. “Butt” is about as bad as it gets, though there’s a fair bit of trash talking using words like “kook” and “cheesy.”

Consumerism

A wealthy girl drives a Jeep, and many of the characters have mobile phones that look a lot like iPhones.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No drinking, but several references to big parties, and one scene shows the very messy aftermath of a huge one.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series from the creators of Total Drama Island and 6teen focuses on teen characters who are spending their summer working, surfing, and flirting. The scenario and the characters are pretty believable for an animated series, and the conflicts and dramas will be relatable for older tweens and young teens. There are a few references to epic parties but no actual drinking; there’s also some tame romance, a few scantily clad surfer-girls, and very mild flirting -- but no swearing or other content red flags.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybluebellblu February 3, 2011

FUNNY

very very funny i love it even though i am 17 :)
Adult Written bynduns July 11, 2010

Not as good as the other 3 made by these people, but that's not the point of my review. Read please

I swear, every single negative review I see for this show is from some oversensitive parent/child who assumes that this show is intended for children. Seriousl... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byilovecookiez April 17, 2011

Love it!

I miss this show! What happened to it? It's really funny and cool!
Teen, 14 years old Written byBeautiful_liar March 4, 2010

Great Series!

Love it. The show demonstrates the dedication those teenagers have to be there, only to be there because of their dream surfing conditions. Yes, it might show a... Continue reading

What's the story?

STOKED, as the name suggests, is all about surfing, focusing on a diverse group of young people spending the summer working at a fancy surfing resort. Yes, they have menial jobs and are crashing in a filthy, dilapidated dorm, but the tradeoff is that they get to spend their free time at the beach -- and riding the waves. The cast of characters includes champion female surfer Fin, naïve-but-eager surfing novice Emma, laid-back Broseph (who’s never met a horizontal surface he couldn’t use for a nap), cocky surf instructor Reef, front-desk clerk Johnny, and spoiled rich-girl Lo, the daughter of the resort’s owner, who’s never worked before and isn’t keen to learn now. The gang spends their days grumbling about their jobs, flirting with each other, and, yes, surfing those epic waves.

Is it any good?

The animated series from the same team that created the Total Drama Action franchise paints a fairly realistic picture of summer jobs. The characters are appealing, and though they veer just slightly into stereotype, they also seem just like the teens or college kids you might actually find working at a resort for the summer.

The mini-dramas that make up the plot aren't especially deep -- will Fin or Reef land the coveted job of surfing instructor? Will Lo’s dad find out about her massive party? Does Reef secretly have a crush on Fin? But these are just the kind of conflicts that would loom large for teens -- both the ones portrayed on the series and in real life. It’s not a complex show, but it’s fun. And don’t forget about the excellent animated surfing sequences.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about who this show is designed to appeal to. Is it teens, because the characters are teenagers? Or is it younger kids, because they often like to watch shows about older age groups?

  • How do gender roles/expectations play out on the show? The show's best male and female surfers often argue over who's better, a debate that sometimes takes on overtones of sexism (as in “You’re pretty good, for a girl"). Do you think men and women can compete as equals in some sports? Is surfing one of them?

  • Does this seem like a realistic way that teens or college students might spend the summer? What kinds of jobs are out there for young people who want to see the world? Why do you think summer vacation and summer jobs are such popular subjects for TV shows and movies?

TV details

For kids who love TV with a little edge

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