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The Emperor's New School

TV review by
Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
The Emperor's New School TV Poster Image
Lackluster cartoon based on the animated movie.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Main character is disrepectful to people of authority. He lies and cheats to get his way.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

A female classmate is called a "hottie hot hottie."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this show is intended for entertainment purposes only -- despite the potentially interesting and educational setting (an Incan empire), there's no learning about history or the culture of these people. The main character, Kuzco, is a self-absorbed teen. He lies and cheats in order to secure his high school diploma. He's also disrespectful to adults.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byspidervscorp October 19, 2009


I work with troubled youth ages 4 - 9 and they really enjoy this show because they are able to learn good messages from it. I like this show because the kids i... Continue reading
Adult Written bypraiseldr April 9, 2008

Great movie trampled in TV transition

We were excited to hear about the new show, because we were big fans of the movie. Even my 16 year old thought this would be a great show. We gathered to watch,... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 22, 2009
Teen, 13 years old Written byreviewgirl13 May 18, 2009

Ugh. Just horrible.

This show is something that even younger kids won't enjoy. In the Emperor's New School, Kuzko, from the original movie The Emperor's New Groove,... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE EMPEROR'S NEW SCHOOL is a feeble attempt to ride on the coattails of the popular animated film The Emperor's New Groove. This cartoon focuses on Kuzco, a pompous would-be emperor teen who has been forced out of the palace and lives with his peasant buddy Pacha and family. He cannot become emperor without earning his high school diploma, so he does what he does best, which is lie and cheat his way out of every obstacle between him and the diploma. Narrated by Kuzco, The Emperor's New School follows his silly escapades around school and the Incan community.

Is it any good?

Though the cartoon is targeted at young elementary-aged kids, even these viewers are savvy enough to ask, "Why would anyone want to help him?" The show is free of violence but its lackluster animation and annoying characters are not worth even a half hour of down-time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Kuzco faces challenges with friends and administrators at school and what changes he could make to be more likable. Could his terrible attitude and actions be a way to cover up his normal adolescent feelings of insecurity? Would kids want to be friends with someone like Kuzco given how he treats others?

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