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Parents' Guide to

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Violence overshadows positive messages in CGI remake.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 6+


ABSOLUTELY amazing loved the comics in the 80s and this show pays a great amount of respect to the comics and having violence but also making it safe for young kids
age 13+
I can’t believe this show is rated Y7! It is absolutely not appropriate for children learning to develop friendships. They call their friend stupid/ugly/other mean terms all the time with no apology or anything they just keep going.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (49 ):

"Heroes in a half-shell" attempt a comeback in this CGI series that sticks closely to the original story and character relationships. The Turtle brothers are a lively bunch and have their share of disagreements even among themselves, but they save the harshest of their fighting for the creatures and criminals who threaten their city and the people in it. This has obvious merit in messages about standing up to bad guys (and, by association, bullies), but it also tells kids that fighting is the best way to solve just about any problem. Your kids might think it's awesome that these brothers settle their differences by matching nunchaku and sai skills in their living room, but replicating this action at home can have some pretty serious consequences.

Ultimately this is a case of knowing your kids' tolerance for what they see on TV. If they can watch the show with the realization that it's an entirely fantasized premise with behavior that has no place in the real world, then they might be OK tuning in. But if they tend to mimic what they see -- and hear -- on the screen, then you'll want to find a better option with more impressive role models of conflict resolution and sibling relationships.

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