Parents' Guide to

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

By Scout Davidson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Mediocre actioner is mostly OK, dude.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 11+

This show is the best. It has great action, amazing designs, kick-ass episodes, and some awesome first 5 seasons. Despite Fast-Forward and Back To The Sewers doing bad. Turtles Forever also were great. Who thought shredder was that lethal. Leo, Don, Raph, and Mikey were amazing in this show. It rules as the best of the whole franchise. This show was amazing. It had the dark tone of the original Mirage comics, while also sometimes being funny like the 1987 cartoon. I feel like this was the most comic accurate version of the TMNT franchise, although the same can be said for the 1990 movie. The action was fast-paced, deep, gritty, fun, and just fantastic. The personalities and voices for the turtles are perfect, especially Raphael. I can almost see the comic version of himself speaking, which is a relief since the comic version of Raph is hot-headed, aggressive, short-tempered, but he is also the most loyal, emotional, and relatable. He was like the teenaged version of me. Thankfully he wasn't the sarcastic goof

age 14+

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 was not for little kids

i think Teenage mutant ninja turtles 2003 was not for little kids because it was very vilonte and dark theres real guns the turtles go to a future were splinter is dead and the turtles kill there future selves bishop gets impaled and there was a episode that was banned for being to vilonte dr stockman creates a new body and its begins to rot and his flesh is seen with that being said i dont recommend it for anyone under the age of 14

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (13 ):

The animation makes the show less irritating than the live-action films, but only barely. The amphibious brothers still talk like southern California skater dudes (except one who, strangely, has a New York accent), and are still differentiated only by the color of their eye-masks, making them virtually indistinguishable to adult viewers. Taking its pacing and approach from Japanese anime (though not its animation style), TMNT is quite violent, filled with nunchucks, throwing stars, swords, and many, many fight scenes punctuated by flashes of blinding light and characters flying sideways through the air to land crippling kicks. Though the Turtles are ninjas, studying under a sensei named Splinter (a giant rat, natch), they're surprisingly materialistic and Western in their overall thinking.

The program's overall messages purport to be positive ones -- working as a team to overcome evil, for instance -- but the underlying themes aren't as encouraging. The brothers use violence to achieve their goals, unapologetically chopping, stabbing, maiming, and beating their enemies to within an inch of their lives; their friend Casey (Marc Thompson) has a cousin who shows up with a machine gun in order to steal an inheritance (to pay off his gambling debts!); one of the Turtle brothers is brooding and uncommunicative for no real reason; and so on. This is a show that will definitely appeal to younger viewers, but because of the violence, a preview would be a good idea.

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