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The Life and Times of Juniper Lee



Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the tween set.
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What parents need to know

Educational value
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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

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
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

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Parent Written byhgwqhge03 September 19, 2013

Not that bad but very hard to get into

this show wasn't that bad but there were some things that bugged me, this show is a rip off of Jake Long: American Dragon Some Of the similarities are: 1. there parents had there generations skipped 2. both are Chinese-American 3. both have a talking dog with magical knowledge 4. They have the same initials Juniper Lee Jake Long 5. their grandparents are their mentors 6. both are celebrities in the magical world 7. both have a troublesome sibling that also has magical powers 8. they have awkward friends 9. their responsibility is destroying their lives this show also has many plot holes and makes no sense at times and just gets odd, Also this is an American cartoon but Juniper can frequently be heard speaking Chinese and guess what, in one episode someone sees juniper using her powers and the show gets canceled just LOL
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 July 4, 2012

life and times juniper lee

mature pleasures of Buffy. 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?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 15, 2012

Great show!

This show is excellent! It has great animation and great voice acting.


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