The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Hyper '90s 'toon boasts good messages for kids.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 33 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

There’s nothing cerebral about this show, but it does offer some good messages about interpersonal relationships. 

Positive Messages

This cartoon makes a real effort to lace its content with positive messages about respect, strength of character, and standing up to peer pressure that are appropriate for its young viewers. Not only is the theme woven into the storyline, it’s also emphasized in a brief segment directed at the viewers at the show’s end. Of course, the positive is partially offset by the humorous take on Dr. Robotnik’s obsession with killing Sonic and the fact that none of the characters suffer realistic consequences of their actions.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sonic adheres to fairly high standards, never initiating the scuffles with his arch-nemesis and always managing to point out the lessons he learns. In contrast, Doctor Robotnik uses force and intimidation to control his minions, and he takes advantage of their incompetence to mistreat them.

Violence & Scariness

The show’s slapstick style makes for some violent crashes, lengthy tumbles, decapitations (of robots, that is) and other accidents that realistically should cause some injuries, but the characters don’t suffer ill effects.

Sexy Stuff

No cursing, but there’s a lot of name-calling (“brat,” “jerk,” “creep,” and the like) as well as other words and phrases like “shut up” and “hate” that parents might not want their kids repeating.


The series is based on characters from a video game, so in its heyday in the early ‘90s, it boasted an extensive marketing line of toys, games, and accessories.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this cartoon moves at a frantic pace and features loud exchanges between its two main characters, one of whom aims to destroy the other. Parents might not be thrilled to hear their kids emulating some of the show’s language (mostly name-calling like “jerk” and “creep,” as well as other general put-downs and terms like “shut up”) or a main character’s manipulative control over his assistants. On the bright side, though, the series emphasizes positive themes for kids about personal safety and interpersonal relationships.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymarioroxmysox April 20, 2016

Sonic Boom is NOT like the Adam West Batman Show!

I don't know why people today are saying Sonic Boom is better, when really AOSTH had a better example of putting story first ahead of marketing. It may be... Continue reading
Parent of a 5-year-old Written byCarefulMomof1 February 24, 2012

Good for some kids.

This is a cute show, but there is more violence than parents of young kids would like to see. Nothing too bad, but the characters are constantly getting hurt, w... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 28, 2013

What is right with this show?

It tries to get along by teaching horrible lessons, but they teach them in such a bad way, that they even teach kids not to call 911 unless it's a real eme... Continue reading
Kid, 7 years old April 10, 2020


Greatyt hay robutthead classic line

What's the story?

In THE ADVENTURES OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, a speedy blue hedgehog named Sonic (voiced by Jaleel White) and his best friend, Tails (Christopher Evan Welch), team up to undo the evil plans of the nefarious Doctor Ivo Robotnik (Long John Baldry), who’s bent on controlling the planet Mobius. Robotnik will stop at nothing to accomplish his goal, and when Sonic stands in his way, he and he incompetent minions, Scratch (Phil Hayes) and Grounder (Gary Chalk), cook up some outrageous schemes to neutralize him, but the young heroes always manage to unravel their plans.

Is it any good?

Sonic made his TV debut in the early ‘90s, shortly after the advent of the Sega video game on which the show was loosely based. The series itself is full of the zany mischief kids love in cartoons, and parents will notice that it does strive harder than most of its modern-day peers to drive home positive messages about responsibility, personal safety, and other age-appropriate issues. Another bonus? There's little fear of commercial tie-ins since the show is nearly two decades old.

The show’s slapstick style lends itself to plenty of comical accidents like getting flattened by a steamroller or falling down an embankment, but in true cartoon fashion, injuries are rare. Parents’ biggest beef with the show is likely to be the language, which is peppered with name-calling (“jerk,” “meathead,” “brat”) and other demeaning terms, as well as “shut up” and “hate.” While it doesn’t necessarily cross any lines, it’s probably not the type of stuff you want your kids repeating on a regular basis.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about heroes. How do you define a hero? What job does a person have to do to earn that distinction? Do heroes have to be perfect?

  • Kids: Who are your favorite cartoon characters? What personality traits do you like in them? Do you think it’s their intention to teach you something? If so, what?

  • Which of your favorite characters have you also seen on products like games, snacks, and clothing? Does seeing a familiar character on these items make you more inclined to want them? 

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