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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Characters display positive social-emotional skills and demonstrate scientific experimentation and problem-solving.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lead character Jack has a crush on main character June.
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Language includes "shut up"; the friends mildly insult each other when they argue.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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