The Problem Solverz

Common Sense Media says

Bizarre characters, mediocre plots doom lackluster cartoon.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The characters are hardly poster kids for teamwork, and their ineptitude often winds up exacerbating the problems rather than solving them, at least initially. Alfe in particular is an irritating sort, what with his constant griping about being bored, and he drowns his feelings in junk food at every opportunity. Crudity is played for humor, especially related to bodily functions like farting and poop (as when someone says he was so scared, he almost made a brown belt).

Positive role models

There's little redeeming quality to any of the characters, mostly because the show harps on their quirks for laughs. If a bright spot can be found, it's in Horace's inexplicable affection for the brutish, furry Alfe, who occasionally returns the emotion.

Violence

Cartoon violence involves laser blasts, imploding structures, fistfights, exploding heads (but no blood), and video game battles (characters are blasted to bits).

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Problem Solverz is chaotic, loud, and virtually devoid of any content that could be considered worthwhile, especially for kids. The characters are nearly as bizarre as are the predicaments in which they find themselves, and it's usually more by accident than skill that they escape the mayhem. Expect a fair amount of crudity (farting and poop references are frequent) and a lot of junk food consumed by one character, who's known to turn to it in boredom and frustration. Cartoon violence (explosions, laser blasts, and hand-to-hand exchanges) is common, but isn't bloody.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

THE PROBLEM SOLVERZ is an animated series about a trio of characters who take it upon themselves to tackle the troubles that befall their hometown of Farboro. The problem-solving team consists of Roba (voiced by Ben Jones), a neurotic cyborg prone to overreaction; his human twin brother, Horace (Kyle Kaplan); and Horace's pet, Alfe (Jones again), a self-absorbed man/dog/anteater with a weakness for pizza. Whether it's a time-warping roller coaster or a video game that turns pixelates its players, The Problem Solverz are this town's first defense against the bothersome and the bizarre.

Is it any good?

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This misguided cartoon barely takes off before its pointless plot and bumbling characters drag it back down into obscurity. The stories are half-baked, leading nowhere fast and driving away potential fans even faster. Its visually unappealing animation style follows suit, attempting to mask the show in enough flashy trappings that you'll forget its mediocrity. For a team tasked with solving problems, this trio is more accomplished at creating bigger, messier chaos than it is at actually fixing anything, often as a result of Roba's neuroses and Alfe's belly-aching and binging, which is his coping mechanism for his chronic (and audible) boredom.

Ultimately the trouble with The Problem Solverz is its ambiguous intended audience. It's not edgy or smart enough to entertain adults, and its chaotic content isn't a good choice for kids. When it comes to picking TV programming for your family, you have a lot of choices. Entertainment doesn't always have to be about learning lessons and analyzing characterizations, but it sure feels a lot better when you leave a show with something worthwhile. And if that's your goal, then The Problem Solverz isn't the answer for you.

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TV details

Cast:Ben Jones, John DiMaggio, Kyle Kaplan
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 17 years old Written byReviewsandFun8910 August 8, 2013
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8
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Lame.

The Problem Solverz is very bad. The animation is garbage. C'mon CN, do your best. No more garbage. Make good shows. Not bad ones like this. The Problem Solverz is not only ugly, but the characters are unlikeable, the plots are bland, and the jokes are lame. The Problem Solverz is an abomination. Glad it got cancelled. Nobody likes it and i'm not surprised it got rejected by Adult Swim.
Kid, 11 years old June 20, 2013
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18
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worst kids show you can think of

I was looking through channels then i saw this, a flashing background that could give anyone seizures and this horribly drawn characters, Who thought this was a good idea? This was supposed to be on adult swim along with super mountain fort awesome but adult swim also said it was too cute, i saw alfe ( the brown thing ) licking the weird eyed guys arm and i saw red liquid ( i hope that's pizza sauce O.O ) i shouldn't say more cause i mean with already all this you parents wouldn't allow your kids to watch this. Bye
Teen, 14 years old Written byleahcar July 21, 2013
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9
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Boring, poor artstyle, awful story

Problem Solverz doesn't air here in the UK but I have heard people talk about this show on the web. Being curious, I tried to watch an episode of this cartoon. Tried to. I couldn't stay fixed on it. The artstyle of the characters and backgrounds are unbelievably tacky and appalling. It is hard to focus on what is going on because of the laughably bad choice of colours. Not that I missed much, anyway. The plots are lackluster and the characters don't have any lovable charm to them. This show isn't really 'bad' for kids, but I doubt this is a popular show with them.

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