Teen Titans Go!

Common Sense Media says

Superheroes' new look, comical feel invites younger kids.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

This series intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

Some stories promote social messages about friendship, teamwork, and resolving differences, but mostly the show is a light-hearted presentation of friend/sibling-style rivalry. Often the characters are at odds over some mundane issue like chores or a misunderstanding, but time (in this case, the 11-minute episode) heals all wounds.

Positive role models

Each of the Titans has unique idiosyncrasies that grate on his or her fellow heroes, and they're prone to playing pranks on each other for selfish reasons. On the flipside, there are times when they set aside their own desires for those of their friends. Girls are well represented in the group, with positive qualities like level-headedness and steely nerves. The characters' actions imply that they're young teens at best, yet they live on their own and set their own rules (or lack thereof).

Violence & scariness

Some superhero play, but it's not the focal point of the show. Titans use knives, swords, and a staff as weapons, and one has arms that can transform into a machine gun. A lot of "Crash! Bang! Pow!"-style impact as well as explosions and robot dismemberment.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Occasionally "stupid."

Consumerism

The show is a new incarnation of characters previously featured in Teen Titans, although animation style and the show's focus have changed to promote humor over action.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Teen Titans Go! is a second incarnation of DC Comics characters first seen in Teen Titans. This time around, the characters' secondary personas as "normal" teens living together in their home/command center is the show's focus, so the stories center on how they deal with everyday troubles like divvying up chores, jealousy, and trying to be a good friend. Of course, the fact that they have superpowers (and live on their own) always complicates matters since there's so much potential for comical mayhem. There are some exchanges of blows and weapons (swords, a staff, gunfire from a robotic arm), but it's not central to the stories' themes, and it's very short-lived. Positive themes of friendship, compromise, and resolving differences are tangible in some of the stories as well.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

TEEN TITANS GO! marks the return to TV of a team of young superheroes based on characters from DC Comics. In this incarnation, Raven (voiced by Tara Strong), Robin (Scott Menville), Starfire (Hynden Walch), Cyborg (Khary Payton), and Beast Boy (Greg Cipes) are roommates in Titans Tower, where their individual powers make things nearly as unpredictable as they are when they're battling villains. But even superheroes have down time, and that's when these cameras are rolling, observing their interactions during the mundane events of everyday life because nothing can turn a normal afternoon into chaos faster than five teens with superpowers and an affinity for hijinks.

Is it any good?

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These popular characters get a youthful makeover and new purpose in this sharply written cartoon whose focus veers away from their superhero personas and zeroes in on how they interact with each other when they're not called on to save the world. Given that there's no telling when Beast Boy will morph into another creature or Raven will use witchcraft to get her way, there's a lot of potential for absurdity among these friends, and that's the stuff that kid-pleasing cartoons are made of.

Whereas its predecessor, Teen Titans, monitored the heroes' battles against evil villains, Teen Titans Go! brings their relationships more to the forefront as it drops them into everyday situations that are more of a challenge than any attack would be. How do you guarantee "alone" time to watch your favorite cartoon by yourself? What if your best friend's perfect birthday gift isn't budget-friendly? And is it any easier to deal with these problems when you have superpowers? Because these kinds of kid-friendly issues drive this show's content rather than the battles themselves -- not to mention that the characters look decidedly younger here than they did in Teen Titans -- it's a safer choice than most superhero shows for younger kids and even manages a few positive messages alongside the clever comedy and characterizations.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why this cartoon takes a different tactic than do most superhero stories. Do you think it makes it more or less successful than was the original Teen Titans? What are the benefits of this less-violent content? Why do you think the creators re-imagined the characters this way?

  • Kids: What makes this show funny? How does its comedy style compare to that of other favorite shows? How does it reflect the characters' origins in comic books?

  • 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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Written byAnonymous April 8, 2015
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11
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RUDE & DISTASTEFUL

If you want your young kids watching a cartoon with dialogue and jokes about "wet farts" "butts" etc. or the fact that the characters frequently talk about/fantasize about kissing each other (namely Robin and Starfire) then this garbage may be for you! If you're like me and don't want your 6 year old daughter and 4 year old son watching this sorry excuse for entertainment aimed at young kids, don't even bother. We allowed our kids to watch a few episodes and it was husband who first noticed the rudeness. After my daughter asked the question "mom, what's the game where you sit in a circle with other people and spin a bottle around?" and she informed me she saw them playing it on Teen Titans Go! I decided this show definitely does not have the best interest of young impressionable kids in mind! Totally stupid and inappropriate entertainment.
Kid, 11 years old June 5, 2013
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7
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FAIL

The original was 100000000000000000000000 times cooler.
Adult Written byApolitical989 April 27, 2013
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7
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For the casual fans, not for the hardcore

I felt the same way as having Young Justice cancelled, but in the end, WB Animation is trying to please us as they could. Fortunately, as a fan of the original series, I gave this a try. When you watch it the second time, it's not going to make you laugh hard. I mean, like others said, the animation lacks castshadows and the content wasn't that great. The best part is that the original cast reprise their roles. Keep in mind that this isn't for the hardcore fans. I always love the original because it still has the humor and the drama. The first two 11 minute episodes will be explained and beware the spoilers: The Legendary Sandwich/Pie Bros - Okay, The Legendary Sandwich started out that Raven likes Pretty Pretty Pegasus, an obvious parody of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic which Tara Strong (Raven) voiced in as Twilight Sparkle. So, the rest of the Teen Titans besides Raven are looking for the ingredients for the sandwich. Robin ends up at the supermarket which includes the typical humorous part of waiting, Starfire ends up in some planet to find a tomato, Beast Boy ends up underground to get the lettuce while Cyborg is at some lava lake to retrieve a bacon. In the end, Silkie ate the sandwich and spits it out. The only best part that made me laugh is when Robin waiting at the supermarket. The rest is silly and became quite a nuisance. Starfire cares about her hair? That's really not quite like her before. I know that the true Starfire really does not care about her hair. The jokes remain there, but the rest... I don't know. Pie Bros started out when Beast Boy drew a picture for Cyborg's birthday. The whole gang were at Mother Mae Eye's pie shop, so they hung out there while Raven lost her appetite. Cyborg wanted a new video game for his birthday and Beast Boy ends up with a job to earn extra cash for it. He tried many jobs, but started working for Mother Mae Eye instead. At the party, Cyborg as well as Beast Boy started fighting with pie and reconciled after. However, the other three Titans were captured by Mother Mae Eye to make pie out of them, then came out back alive after some remains of them being eaten by Cyborg and Beast Boy. In the end, Mother Mae Eye is captured, Robin, Starfire and Raven are alive. Cyborg and Beast Boy... wow. They didn't realize it's really people inside the pies. Pie Bros? Still, people call friends, bros? Whatever happened to brah, brother, lad, holmes or homie? The Duck Duck Goose game Starfire made up looks a big screwy moment. Funny thing is I remember that this "getting a job" plot is similar to when Beast Boy is trying to get a moped of his own, but started working in a Meaty Meat fast-food restaurant that is being actually made out of space tofu. This episode wasn't cut up in being good or bad. Cyborg isn't crying like a man while Beast Boy cries like a drama queen. Seriously? Unfortunately, after watching this twice, I realized the writers aren't trying hard enough. Seeing Beast Boy doing janitorial work made me chuckle, but Cyborg laughing hard at Beast Boy made me laugh along. I'm only reviewing the first episodes, but when I get to the season finale, I'll give out a full-fledged review. So far, the first two wasn't as much, it's just definitely for the casuals. The fans of the original cartoon aren't expecting this and I am trying to be unbiased as possible. Right now, don't judge too quickly. Score: 3/5
Parent of a 8 year old Written byIlliniguy34 September 30, 2013
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Teen Titans Go is the worst thing ever made

It is unfunny, disrespectful to the original source material, and treats it's audience like morons. Kids aren't stupid, especially THIS stupid. Nothing works for this show, it sucks. There was one episode that teaches kids that pranks are hilarious, even when your friends get killed by them. Stay as far away from this as possible. If you see your kids watching it, turn the tv off and make them do chores or homework. Simple as that.

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