The Problem Solverz

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Bizarre characters, mediocre plots doom lackluster cartoon.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 26 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGod Of Television February 8, 2014

A testament to the abilities of animation and story telling in television programming

The Problem Solverz is one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 21st century. Pioneering a unique art styles that is a joy to look at. There is never a... Continue reading
Adult Written bySourGalaxy October 13, 2013

Worst Cartoon Network show of all time

The worst cartoon ever made. The art style is LITERALLY seizure inducing and can kill brain cells if you watch too much of it. Not even the strongest lsd can ma... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byReviewsandFun8910 August 8, 2013

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 So... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byleahcar July 21, 2013

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 cart... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what, if anything, is the point of this show. Does it attempt to teach its audience something? Are the characters' interactions indicative of real relationships? If the show's creator had to synopsize the show's intentions in one sentence, what do you think he would say?

  • Have you ever been surprised by mature content in a show or movie you watched? Did the content match the rating assigned to the program? What more might be done to give parents an indication of the subject matter prior to watching a show?

  • How does this series rank among some of your favorites? What qualities do you look for in a show you're loyal to? Do you always learn something from the programs you watch? Is that important to you? 

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