A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Intended to entertain, not educate, though kids might gain an interest in musical instruments, since the Aquabats play in a band.
The Aquabats are loyal to each other and always on the side of "good," though the show is so absurd and silly that it can be hard to tell what "good" is.
Positive Role Models
The Aquabats are presented as kind-hearted and helpful. The band plays an all-night show for a teen's birthday party, for example. Law enforcement is treated respectfully. There are no central female characters.
Violence & Scariness
The violence is cartoonish (and usually in the animated segments only) but slightly over the top for a kids' show, with images that may disturb younger or sensitive viewers -- i.e., Jimmy the Robot's arm is ripped off by a giant ant. Animated characters use weapons like blasters or super strength; explosions and monsters appear regularly.
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Bad guys may rarely insult the Aquabats or each other: i.e. "You loser!"
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Products & Purchases
No products appear in the show, but it's built around a real-life band that has albums and DVDs for sale.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Aquabats! Super Show! is a high-energy blend of campy superhero shows (think old-school Batman) and modern kids' shows, which means a lot of eye-candy, noise, absurdity, and a surprising number of rather intense images that make this a bit of a gamble for younger viewers. The Aquabats are presented as superheroes, always battling one enemy or another; the battle scenes and cartoonish violence the bad guys deal out may be disturbing for the sensitive. But kids made of sterner stuff will love the high level of sheer ridiculousness. The Aquabats themselves are bouncy and fun, rather older and larger than most heroes, wear silly-fun costumes, and are equipped with weird gadgetry that techno kids will enjoy. Their adventures have a silly, surreal touch that may remind parents of The Monkees.
Is It Any Good?
Demented and manic, The Aquabats! Super Show! is fun by sheer dint of how many jokes, visual and otherwise, are thrown at the screen, both those calculated to appeal to kids (tight blue superhero duds), and adults (Rip Taylor shows up at one point as a genie). It's certainly a lot less violent than other live-action superhero fantasies that might appeal to kids, and it's a lot sillier: It never appears as though the Aquabats are in any real danger; everything is kept light and fun.
Nonetheless, a few random violent images may freak kids out. At one point, for example, Crash is entrapped by a giant man-ant who jams a faucet into the side of his head and turns it on to collect his "grow juice." In another segment, Jimmy the Robot's arm is ripped off by a monstrous ant. Older kids will laugh at this, but it's nightmare-bait for younger sibs.
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