Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters TV Poster Image
Hasbro hero teams up with pals in fun superhero tale.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

We think this TV show stands out for:

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

A mixed bag. On one hand, kids see three teens with unique powers use them to keep their community safe from harm. To do so, they must learn how to work as a team and set aside individual egos to make use of their specialized skills. On the other, violence is the only means of resolving conflict. The Flex Fighters must hide their real identities, even from those closest to them.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jake and his friends use their newfound abilities to protect other people, sometimes to their own detriment.

Violence & Scariness

Much cartoon violence, including crashes, smashes, punching, and some weapons like guns (but only against the bad guys). There's no realistic injury, but buildings and vehicles are demolished in violent ways.

 

Sexy Stuff
Language

"Butt-kicking," plus name-calling like "jerk face" and "punk."

 

Consumerism

This series is inspired by the Stretch Armstrong action figure.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters is an animated superhero story inspired by Hasbro's flexible action figure of 1970s fame. The show's heroes are three teens who come by their powers accidentally but adapt to their new reality with enthusiasm, using their powers to protect their town from monsters of various shapes. There's cartoon violence in every episode, mostly involving punching, crashes, and the destruction of buildings and vehicles. Expect occasional name-calling, like "jerk face." But themes of teamwork are prominent in this likable superhero story, which also gives dimension to its characters' relationships with parents and friends.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywideEyed December 19, 2017

It's consumerism at its finest

I'm shocked that common sense media gave this show zero points in the consumerism category. It actually says that consumerism is not present. The whole sto... Continue reading
Adult Written byNonafenders September 8, 2018

A commercialized, uninspired, sexist effort by Hasbro, Netflix, Chris Wyatt, Walmart, etc.

This show has little for young ladies in it, and is a not a good representation of women for young men, either. They are under-represented in general, and where... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old November 24, 2017

Good hasbro and Netflix show, but different than the toy

Some talk about crushes, and dating. Some intense battles, and too much for little kids. There are some scenes with guns and punching. A man dangles from a wind... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAnnakitty March 17, 2018

Good Show for 7 year olds

Franky, most kids around seven (younger if they have older people around them, most likely) would find this an okay show. It seems a little stupid, but I’m sure... Continue reading

What's the story?

In STRETCH ARMSTRONG AND THE FLEX FIGHTERS, a lab accident forever alters the fates of high school honor student Jake Armstrong (voiced by Scott Menville) and his friends Nathan Park (Steven Yeun) and Ricardo Perez (Ogie Banks), when they're exposed to a chemical substance called flexarium. Suddenly, the guys discover new powers of flexibility, flight, and heft, respectively, which they must use to protect Charter City from various monsters while protecting their real identities. Thanks to their corporate sponsor, Rook Unlimited, the guys are outfitted with new suits and the aliases "Stretch," "Wingspan," and "Omni-Mass."

Is it any good?

Young superhero fans have another character to add to their repertoire in the fresh young faces of Stretch Armstrong and his cohorts. As superheroes go, Stretch is a bit of an untapped anomaly -- a household name and face for an older generation of toy lovers, but otherwise lacking in visibility because he never really took off on the big or small screen. Netflix remedies that with this fast-paced series about three teens moonlighting as town heroes while they muddle through high school in their "real" lives.

Besides the superhero action and the evolving buddy comedy among the three main characters, Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters presents other relationships that are intriguing to watch evolve. Jake's interactions with his dad are surprisingly insightful as Jake balances his father's expectations with his own set of priorities. Similarly the new friendship between Jake and Nathan and the newcomer, Ricardo, has some hiccups as they bond over their new powers but have little in common otherwise. All in all, this is a fresh and appealing addition to the superhero collection that parents may even want to watch with their kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of superhero stories. What can be learned about courage and selflessness even from fictional characters like the ones in Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters? Should superheroes be flawless, or is it better that they make human mistakes as well as perform superhuman feats? What other character strengths are important to you?

  • Kids: What stands out to you about Jake's relationship with his father? Does his dad have unrealistic expectations of him or just hold him to a high standard?  Do they communicate well? How do you keep the lines of communication open with your parents?

  • What experiences do you share with your closest friends and how do they help define your relationships? Why do Ricardo, Jake, and Nathan relate differently when they're regular high school students than when they're superheroes?

TV details

Character Strengths

Find more TV shows that help kids build character.

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

For kids who love action

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate