A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Supa Strikas intends to enterain rather than educate. However, kids can gain an understanding of Pan-African football.
It offers important lessons about being honest, not giving up, teamwork, giving back to the community, etc. Some of the players represent some stereotypical notions about their countries and the people who live there.
Positive Role Models
Shakes and the other men on the Supa Strika team believe in the importance of enjoying the sport as much as winning, They believe in being good role models and ethical players. Some players and coaches from other teams exhibit unscrupulous behavior, but they usually don't win in the end.
Violence & Scariness
Soccer matches can be rough at times, but there’s nothing violent. Opposing teams sometimes taunt each other. There are some strong rivalries between players.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female fans sometimes lavish attention on players, leading to lipstick marks on players’ faces. This is more humorous than sexual, and will go over the heads of younger viewers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Supa Strikas is a kid's animated series featuring a fictitious, all-male South African football (soccer) team. Rival cast members from opposing teams are obnoxious or sneaky, and the rivalries between some of the players can be strong. There's some mild innuendo that will fly over the heads of young viewers, but plays into a romantic stereotype about men from certain regions of the world. But overall, It offers lots of positive lessons about sportsmanship, honesty, community, and teamwork.
Is It Any Good?
This fun series features an all-male, pan-African football (soccer) team, and it underscores the importance of playing than winning. It uses the sport to contextualize valuable lessons about community, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. There's lots of ball playing action, too. But while the team has grown more diverse over the years, it is decidedly male-centered. Young female football fans may not be as drawn to it as a result, but Supa Strikas may inspire any kid who loves the sport.
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