The Life and Times of Juniper Lee

TV review by
Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the tween set.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 14 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value
Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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).

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRichardD49 April 9, 2010

IT WAS A GOOD SHOW TO WATCH

I AM 60 YEARS OLD AND I LIKED WATCHING JUNIPER LEE AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY TOOK IT OFF THE AIR WITHOUT ANY EXPLANATION. I WISH THEY WOULD BRING IT BACK.
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 15, 2012

Great show!

This show is excellent! It has great animation and great voice acting.
Kid, 8 years old August 30, 2020
Teen, 16 years old Written byRowan Hosney June 14, 2017

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?

TV details

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