The Life and Times of Juniper Lee
By Sarah Wenk,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the tween set.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While the show is more about providing entertaining action than pushing positive messages, it does promote the idea of a strong female heroine and clearly distinguishes between "good" and "bad."
Positive Role Models
Juniper is a strong, resourceful superheroine. The show avoids stereotyping, a trap that it easily could have fallen into.
Violence & Scariness
Some cartoon violence (but no blood).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated series has its share of cartoon violence, but only the bad monsters get beaten up. It's a fun and age-appropriate show with some very positive features: a girl superhero and a refreshing lack of racial stereotypes.
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Based on 4 parent reviews
Not that bad but very hard to get into
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What's the Story?
The creators of THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JUNIPER LEE have clearly watched their Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The setup is nearly identical, featuring a young girl with mysterious powers and a sharp tongue that enable her to fight the demons and monsters that congregate in otherwise peaceful Orchid Bay City (which bears a strong resemblance to San Francisco). One twist: Juniper is the only one (with the exception of her younger brother) who can see the monsters, so she spends a lot of time apparently talking to herself and looking odd. But like Buffy, she has her helpers -- a younger brother who will take on any battle, and a Watcher-like character, complete with accent (but instead of a classy Englishman, this time we get a Scottish dog).
Is It Any Good?
It's great to see a girl getting to be the hero, and doing it more or less on her own. Another big plus is the lack of racial stereotyping: Juniper is Asian, and the boy she has a crush on is African American.
The show's animation is rather flat, though there is an impressive array of monsters and demons, both good and bad. Overall, it's fun and entertaining and certainly a good lead-in for the more mature pleasures of Buffy.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about gender roles and stereotypes -- why aren't there more TV heroines like Juniper?
Kids: What powers would you want if you were a superhero?
- Premiere date: May 30, 2005
- Cast: Carlos Alazraqui, Kath Soucie, Lara Jill Miller, Phil LaMarr
- Network: Cartoon Network
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Book Characters, Great Girl Role Models, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- TV rating: TV-Y7
- Last updated: April 30, 2022
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