Supah Ninjas

Common Sense Media says

Martial arts action has some good takeaways for kids.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, but viewers are exposed to some traditional martial arts.

Positive messages

The show celebrates friendship, determination, and inner strength, demonstrating how each of these qualities plays a role in the characters’ becoming ninjas. The heroes must learn to work together to defeat their enemies.

Positive role models

Mike, Owen, and Amanda accept the duty of being nameless heroes, saving people from harm without receiving recognition for their work. They work hard at perfecting their ninja skills and at working as a team. Amanda is a strong female character who goes against the social flow and follows her heart into her friendship with Mike and Owen.

Violence & scariness

The story centers on two teens who use their ninja skills to take down criminals in their town, so every episode has plenty of martial arts-style fighting and use of traditional weapons like nunchucks. Injuries are rare.

Sexy stuff

Occasional references -- like a teen teasing his friends about having “special magazines” hidden under his bed and references to Mike's crush on Amanda.

Language

No cursing, but some language like “stupid.”

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this show's high-flying martial-arts action is sure to be a hit, particularly with boys. Violence is kept to a minimum, as all of the physical exchanges are obviously choreographed and never lead to injuries. The acting is a little cheesy, and the premise is hokey, but it will find a niche among 6- to 8-year-olds who aren’t yet aware of these pitfalls. On the plus side, there are some sweet messages about finding inner strength and relying on friends, and there’s something to be said for the show’s references to the fact that heroes can be found in unlikely places.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Life will never be the same for Mike Fukanaga (Ryan Potter) after a mysterious letter from his deceased grandfather leads him to a secret facility and brings him face to face with a hologram of his granddad (George Takei), who tells him that he’s descended from a line of powerful ninjas. Suddenly he and his best friends, Owen (Carlos Knight) and Amanda (Gracie Dzienny), are immersed in training and learning the ways of the ninja. And when trouble calls in their town, they’re always poised to leap into action and save the day.

Is it any good?

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SUPAH NINJAS is a fast-paced show that inspires viewers to believe in the existence of heroes in the most unlikely places. Just as class outcast Mike discovers the inner strength he needs to assume his new role, parents can help kids begin to understand their own personal talents and how those gifts can be used to help others. Another bonus to the series is the well-rounded female lead role of Amanda, who’s said to be a popularity queen but then follows her own heart and chooses to be friends with social fringe dwellers Mike and Owen.

Although the show's plot is rooted in martial arts and physical exchanges between the heroes and a rotating cast of bad guys are common, parents don't really need to worry about the content having a negative impact on young viewers. Even kids will be able to see that these battles are in fact a series of choreographed moves from truly skilled actors, and the fact that no one is ever the worse for wear greatly helps tone down the impact of the violence. All of that said, the show isn’t likely to strike a chord with more worldly tweens, who may be turned off by the fairly cheesy acting.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about martial arts. Are you familiar with martial arts of any sort? If so, how did the content in this show compare to what you know? Do you think it stays true to traditional martial arts? How do different styles of martial arts compare to each other?

  • Kids: What challenges did the characters need to overcome in this show? How do they draw strength from each other?  What other sources of guidance do they have? How do these sources influence them? Who are your most influential role models?

  • What does this series say about friendship? What challenges do Amanda, Mike, and Carlos face in their relationship? How is their friendship strengthened by the adversity they face? Can the same be said about your friendships? How are yours similar or different from this one?

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Kid, 11 years old July 10, 2011
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8
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Supah OK

I don't enjoy this show very much, only this show is fine for older children, it's just the violence might be a little frighetning for them.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written bykathycarrillo May 12, 2011
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6
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hi
What other families should know
Too much sex
Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written byT33H33 April 18, 2011
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5
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Well, I think this show is really funny. There are shows WAY worse on TV than this. We need some good shows on TV. :/ Sure it has some fighting scenes, but there's no blood or anything. There is no cussing. And in episode 2, they kissed but it wasn't a really long kissing scene. There are some weapons, but a lot of TV shows have weapons. And come on, the "special magazines" thing... 5-9 year olds won't even know what it means. I have a 9 year old brother and he didn't know what it means. I love this show. :)
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