A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, but viewers are exposed to some traditional martial arts.
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional references -- like a teen teasing his friends about having “special magazines” hidden under his bed and references to Mike's crush on Amanda.
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No cursing, but some language like “stupid.”
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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