A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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 & Scariness
Some slapstick, animated action.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild flirting and a few slightly suggestive comments. The female characters often wear bikinis.
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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.”
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.