Teen Titans

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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All action all the time -- not for all viewers.
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Parents say

age 7+
Based on 45 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 118 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Isn't there more to life than fighting?

Violence & Scariness

This show is devoted to the good vs. evil principle. Three-quarters of the show has the characters engaged in battle.

Sexy Stuff
Language

"Kick butt" is about the worst.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, if kids are affected by prolonged battle scenes, Teen Titans isn't the best bet for them. In fact, little else happens in this show besides violent confrontations. Sure, it's made in the martial arts tradition, where little blood is shown, and skill in battle is rewarded. Sure, it's a super slick cartoon full of dramatic shadows, gothic images and amazing graphics. Sure, your kid is going to want to watch it. But be aware that this show is all about the fight scenes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bya9fc8yt3kd1 November 19, 2011

The Teen Titans is Fantastic!

Actually, I've found that "The Teen Titans" has some of the best story lines and most intriguing characters, not only of any children's prog... Continue reading
Parent of a 2 and 5 year old Written byTililly September 29, 2013

With supervised viewing, this is a great show for kindergarteners.

There are fight scenes, sure. It's a martial arts based superhero show. But there are many more scenes of the Teen Titans showing friendship, teamwork and... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byDark_Violets November 28, 2010

Teen Titans; A Show With Something For Everyone

Truley a great show. I started watching Teen Titans when I was seven, and have watched it for nine years (though they no longer make new episodes) The show is a... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byTheNeonWerewolf August 26, 2011

One of the best shows out there!

Teen Titans is a TV show about 5 teenage super heroes, fighting for truth, justice, and pizza. I fell in love with it after watching my first episode and it has... Continue reading

What's the story?

TEEN TITANS combines Japanese manga-style graphics with old-school DC superheroes. The madcap pace of the comic moments combined with the interesting character quirks of the superheroes can be entertaining. On the other hand, these teens didn't get together to bond as friends -- they came to fight. And fight they do. Questions of honor, loyalty, friendship, strength, and capacity pop up in each episode. However, each episode also sees a member kidnapped, coerced, ridiculed, or tortured by "evil" forces.

Is it any good?

Though the male characters dominate the show, the female characters can be equally powerful. They bond with their male comrades in platonic relationships, which puts them on equal footing. Yet if it takes full-out war to bring females on par with men, then perhaps this equality is not worth the consequences. Teen Titans is seductive because it looks so awesome, but, frankly, there's so much violence that parents might think twice about letting it into the home on a regular basis -- if at all.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the show's violent scenes make kids feel. Do you think these fight scenes are intended only to entertain, or are they trying to teach you something about strength, honor, teamwork, and tradition? Does it make you want to learn more about the martial arts? What do these fighters have in common with more traditional superheroes, and how do they differ?

  • Are the Teen Titans role models? Why or why not?

  • Which of the characters' superpowers would you most like to have? How would it help you on an everyday basis? Would it ever be a burden? Which of your special talents can you use to help other people?

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