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Parents' Guide to

Teen Titans

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

All action all the time -- not for all viewers.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 40 parent reviews

age 9+

I absolutely love this series!

If you've seen Teen Titans Go and thought it was awful, do not let this put you off watching the original Teen Titans cartoon - it is brilliant! At the same time, I wouldn't recommend it for little kids, as it deals with some pretty dark themes at times. I love the Japanese influence on the animation and that there is always a balance of humour and more serious subject matter. I like all of the main characters and how they work together as a team, overcoming conflicts among themselves. Though the depth of the characters is similar to that of Batman: The Animated Series, this series is more light-hearted and the fact that it focuses more on teenage characters than adults might connect more with young viewers.
age 8+

A great show, that deserves better appraisal from this site.

Reading the list of criteria for by which the media is judged on this site for Teen Titans is the reason I actually made an account on this site. I was incredibly disappointed that the person who constructed the guide gave Teen Titans zero stars for positive messages. Viewers will note that this site gives the spin-off, Teen Titans Go, a fair shot by describing the characters and how they reflect on kids. For this show, all they say is "It's all about the fight scenes" and "Isn't there more to life than fighting?" Why yes, uninformed commenter, there IS more to life than fighting. There's going through puberty, withstanding bigotry, the meaning of liberty, getting along with your friends, getting along with new people, working together, opening yourself up, dealing with grief and moving on, facing your fears, and many more messages that are hidden, and sometimes blatantly apparent, within the show. And for as much time as there is spent fighting, there's just as much time spent on the camaraderie of the eponymous Titans. This page deserves a redo, because the character and moral-related content is all there, but you'd have to actually watch a few episodes to see them. It frustrates me to say the least, but at least I can agree with the age rating. It's a cartoon, and kids that have moved beyond PBS will be ready for it, though there are some intense parts and they are fighting criminals for a major part of the show. But apart from moral messages and age appropriateness, it's a great show with fun and diverse characters, and stories that can be funny, emotional, and intriguing. Even if it was just the first few seasons due to the issues 4kids has with licensing and the lack of several cable channels, I'm glad I grew up with this show and I'm glad to be able to see the rest of it as an adult.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (40 ):
Kids say (141 ):

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.

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