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Teens spend summer surfing, flirting in fun animated series.

What parents need to know

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

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.


Some slapstick, animated action.


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


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.”


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.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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

Premiere date:June 25, 2009
Cast:Cory Doran, Kristin Fairlie, Terry McGurrin
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-PG

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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!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
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 man's "kiwis" once in a while but it's blurred out nothing to get all worried up. Too much flirting, really you guys take a chill pill. Flirting is totally normal in their ages, and to begin experiencing with one another. Lo which is the name of the girl who was forced by her father to work at the hotel for the consequences of her actions (party), she is now learning the real value of money. In some episodes it is mention she has saved her paychecks and tips to buy herself clothes,bags, ect. No more of her father spoiling her, also she is banned from her parents "penthouse" and has lost all her privileges. So it seems to me that this shows teaches young & older kids a lot.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old January 3, 2011
i like it but it is not for age under 10 cuz of their language but it is awesome !
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models


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