The Last Kids on Earth

TV review by
Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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Kids fight monsters in funny post-apocalyptic series.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 12 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Characters navigate issues like friendships, teamwork, peer pressure, fitting in, relating to people who are different from you. These kids feel like real kids and their emotional issues will feel real to viewers. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Main characters are four kids from different backgrounds who are friends: June, a strong, smart Latina character: Jack, a teenage boy who wears his heart on his sleeve (and is accepted by his friends); Quint, a nerdy Black kid who's into science; and Dirk, a reformed bully who balances strongman persona with love of gardening and cooking. Characters display positive social-emotional skills, demonstrate scientific experimentation and problem-solving.

Violence

The kids are surviving a zombie/monster apocalypse, and use physical force and weapons like swords and spears to hurt the monsters. Violence is not gratuitous or gory, but you might see a character use a sword to hurt a monster (whose wound oozes purple blood). Also, the kids verbally fight when they disagree. Their parents have all died in the apocalypse, which is referenced. Suspense and threat in each episode, softened by humor (think silly zombies). The kids are in danger often, but it doesn't feel like they are in mortal peril.

Sex

Lead character Jack has a crush on main character June.

Language

Language includes "shut up"; the friends mildly insult each other when they argue.

Consumerism

Since it's the apocalypse and main characters are only humans left on earth, the kids go into abandoned stores and take items, food. They revel in how fun it is to be able to have anything you want, though taking things is the only way for them to survive.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Last Kids on Earth is an animated series about a group of teenagers who are the only humans to survive the zombie and monster apocalypse. The main characters are without their parents and are fighting to survive, but the show still has all the humor and heart you would expect for something aimed at tweens. The characters use violence to fight zombies and monsters, but it's not gratuitous or gory. There are some suspenseful moments, but the scariness is balanced by humor. The kids model the emotional issues real kids of this age go through (peer pressure, fitting in, being a good friend), and sometimes they argue and fight. Since there are no adults, the kids do somewhat naughty things, like stealing items from abandoned stores and eating all the junk food they want.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykyariru November 30, 2020

Great book and Suggestions

It’s awesome and it also opens the mind of readers as they read words they usually don’t encounter in other literary works.

These books contain mind opening e... Continue reading
Adult Written byJohn Dio C. November 2, 2020

NO!

Just no. The first episode in Season 2 I've watched was terrible!
It will make my little brother and two nephews cringe vibes or copy their mannerisms.

Th... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old January 11, 2021

Better than the books

AWSOME!!! Has me laughing all day! (WE NEED A FOURTH SEASON PEOPLE!!!! IF YOU WANT A FOURTH SEASON THEN CLICK "READ MY MIND"!!!)
Teen, 13 years old Written byGiana R April 25, 2021

A Fun Action-Packed Show

this is a really well done show. i’m 13 and i recently tuned into this show when my ten year old brother started watching it. he loves it and in my opinion it r... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH is based on the bestselling graphic novel series of the same name. It's the monster apocalypse, and the only people left on earth are four 13-year-olds. They're somewhat of a motley crew. Main character Jack is an enthusiastic, slightly awkward video game enthusiast. The rest of the team is rounded out by Jack's nerdy scientist best friend, Quint; brave ex-newspaper editor June, and reformed school bully Dirk. As the characters say, "It's the end of the world. No rules. No bedtimes."

The kids live together in a tree house and navigate typical middle school issues like disagreements with friends, crushes, and trying to fit in. They're also trying to slay the monsters that have taken over the world, and they go on heroic adventures to fight them. Since no grown-ups survived the apocalypse, they live a version of every kid's fantasy, with as much video games and junk food as they want. Celebrity guests like Mark Hamill and Rosario Dawson voice some of the monster characters.

Is it any good?

This series does a great job of balancing pure fun with substance. Kids will like the realistic and likable characters who deal with real tween problems while trying to survive the apocalypse. There is a high sense of adventure as the kids fight monsters, but The Last Kids on Earth never feels too scary. Tense moments are diffused with funny asides. Three of the four main characters are smart and resourceful, and the fourth (a reformed school bully) is used as a foil. These kids are fully developed characters who show real emotions. Kids who like science fiction and relatable tween characters like those in Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Raina Telgemeier's books will like this show. Though the main cast is mostly boys, June is a fantastic female lead many girls will identify with.

Parents should be aware that there are some more mature elements to this show. Because the kids battle monsters and zombies, they use physical force and weapons, though the violence isn't gratuitous or gory, and it's always against fantastical monsters. Since there are no adults to moderate their behavior, the kids are somewhat naughty at times. They backtalk to each other, eat junk food, and steal things from abandoned stores. The series makes it clear that the kids are living in abnormal end-of-the-world circumstances, and that these reckless behaviors are outside the norm.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it would be like if they were the only humans left on earth. How would they find food? Where would they live? What fun stuff would they do if there were no grown-ups around?

  • Jack, June, Quint, and Dirk are all very different. Do you have friends who are different from you? How do you get along?

  • The kids have to fight the monsters and use weapons in The Last Kids on Earth. Is it ever OK to use violence and weapons? What are some other things you could do to defeat an opponent? 

  • Is there anything about this show that scares you? Why does it seem scary to you?

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