Parents' Guide to

The Thundermans

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Superhero family's relationships set iffy examples for kids.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 31 parent reviews

age 9+


My son discovered and was watching this show when I overheard a scene where teenage girls were chanting “light as a feather stiff as a board” at a sleepover. Nope. Not in my house!
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age 7+

Male bashing indirectly

Every male character is displayed in a negative Light. Horrible message sent to children. Billy's character is displayed as an idiot. Max's character,older brother is displayed as evil. Principal's character is a mean person. Father's character is displayed as poor leader. Horrible messages it indirectly sends to The children. The only positive characters are female. I am a mother of an 8 yr old.

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Too much consumerism
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (31 ):
Kids say (85 ):

A family with supernatural powers hiding out in the 'burbs and attempting to fit in with regular people? It would be a workable concept for a sitcom if not for the fact that it's been done many times over already. The Thundermans bears so many similarities to a mix between The Incredibles and Wizards of Waverly Place that it feels like old news; and the chronic sibling rivalry accelerated by the kids' powers is meant to be a selling point for the show but comes off as downright irritating (particularly to parents) in no time at all. What's more, even though Max's attempts at villainous works are more comical than they are threatening, kids are bound to be somewhat enthralled with the novelty of a charming TV character who's working toward bad-guy status.

It's not earth-shattering news that kids are influenced by what they watch on TV. Whether it's a commercial that plants the desire for a hot new toy or a favorite cartoon character who's prone to pseudo-cursing, kids will, to some degree, emulate what they see and hear. With that in mind, The Thundermans' depiction of family life –- from sparring siblings to parents who are steamrolled by their scheming kids –- could be a concern. The bottom line? This show's canned jokes will make you laugh, but there are plenty of TV shows that present a more realistic likeness of a family.

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