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The Amazing Spiez!

Young agents' antics are fun, but lessons are lacking.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show's intent is to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

Violence is the only means of conflict resolution. Boys occasionally make comments about Megan being “just a girl,” but she always proves herself a valuable member of the team. Villains are clearly defined.

Positive role models

Overall the tweens are respectful of each other and strive to do their job well. The spies are siblings, so there are some episodes of squabbling among them, but they always wind up as friends. Even in instances when the kids’ parents aren’t seen, they check in with the kids by phone.

Violence & scariness

Lasers, guns that freeze their target, burning acid, and the like are used as weapons by and against the young heroes, with few injuries and no realistic results.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The show is a spin-off of Totally Spies!, and some episodes integrate characters from it into the storyline, so kids might be inclined to check out the other show afterward.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this spin-off of Totally Spies! is a much more tolerable series than its predecessor, thanks mostly to the younger, more likable cast. There’s still plenty of cartoon-style violence -- lasers, freeze guns, and the like -- all of which lack any semblance of reality whatsoever. The hero squad consists of four siblings, so often there’s squabbling to spare, but when push comes to shove, they’ve always got each other’s backs. While it’s true that the show doesn’t tout any content of real value for kids, it’s similarly lacking anything glaringly offensive.

What's the story?

Siblings Lee (voiced by Andrew Sabiston), Tony, Megan, and Marc Clark are the newest generation of top-secret spies for the World Organization of Human Protection (WOOHP for short). Recruited by WOOHP founder Jerry and keeping cover at Southdale Junior High, the tweens leap into action whenever trouble strikes, tackling the bad guys with their collective brains, brawn, and arsenal of cool gadgets. When the mission’s over, they head back to class only to find that life in junior high is almost as treacherous as the life of a spy.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

THE AMAZING SPIEZ! is a spin-off of Totally Spies!, and some of the characters from the original series make appearances in this newer one, so there is an element of cross-advertising parents may take issue with. Violence is also a concern for sensitive kids, since it’s the only way the spies deal with conflict, but what does exist is fairly benign and tough to misinterpret as reality for cartoon-savvy grade-schoolers.

That said, this isn’t a show that sets out to equip kids with strong life lessons by any means. It’s all about adventure, action, and fun, and most of the content is forgettable at best. In the end, it’s a pretty safe choice for occasional viewing, but there are better options -- with better messages -- out there for kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss sibling relationships. Kids: How do the Clarks’ relationship compare to that of you and your siblings'? What problems do they face with each other? What are some of the issues you and your brothers and sisters deal with? How do you get through them?

  • Kids: What kinds of cartoons do you like? Do any cartoons strive to reflect real life, or are they all rooted in fantasy? How does a show’s reality level affect how its content is perceived? Is violence more acceptable when it’s in a cartoon than when it’s in a live-action show? Why or why not?

  • This show is closely tied to another one (Totally Spies!) that’s more suited for slightly older viewers. Do the show’s character tie-ins make you more inclined to watch Totally Spies!? Why or why not? How does the media use subversive advertising to influence your viewing and consumption habits?

TV details

Premiere date:March 15, 2009
Cast:Andrew Sabiston
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Superheroes, Adventures, Book characters
TV rating:TV-Y7-FV

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Kid, 10 years old May 15, 2013

I don't like this foolish show

I don't really recommend this show if you want to have a well educated child and my sister is addicted to this.This has acid and lazer guns,d*mn and this show s*cks badly.I like shows like Tintin-which has educational value.I hate this.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byFunnyivorybunny July 9, 2010
My personal opinion is that i hate it.i like totally spies better.
Kid, 10 years old July 14, 2010
anazing spiez is like my fav. show ....lol i like mark, he's smart
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models