A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Troop members research the creatures they track and must think creatively to find ways to capture them (it's all based in fantasy, of course... ).
The show emphasizes the importance of teamwork and cooperation. Teens from different social circles become friends when they're brought together as part of the Troop.
Positive Role Models
Troop members put themselves in potential harm's way (though they rarely ever get injured) to preserve public safety. Team members include two boys and one girl, all of whom are on equal footing when it comes to battling their foes.
Violence & Scariness
Teens frequently use fantastical weapons like laser blasters and plasma guns to combat monsters, which wield special powers like turning people into stone. But true injuries are rare and only superficial.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mild, mostly one-sided flirting between a guy and his long-time crush, but it's never physical.
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"Heck" is as bad as it gets, and even that's rare.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fantasy/sci-fi adventure series is a generally worry-free choice for the grade schoolers it will appeal to. Very young kids might be frightened by the concept of monsters living among the general population, but tweens should be able to handle it. There's some prominent weapon use during the kids' battles with the monsters, but the shiny, oversized ray guns are clearly fantastical props, and no one gets seriously hurt. Expect a little bit of mild flirting between two main characters as well.
Is It Any Good?
If the show's plot description rings a few bells for you, it's not without good reason. THE TROOP shares plenty of similarities with the 1997 hit movie Men in Black, right down to vomiting-monster scenes that will thrill the tween set. The concept isn't exactly original, but the good news is that the likable cast and great special effects make up for any shortage of creativity.
Kids will enjoy the show's mix of fantasy and adventure and have fun at Jake's expense as they watch him balance his new life with the mundane nature of teen existence. And while it can't be said that the show touts particularly obvious messages of any kind, parents can breathe easy knowing that there's nothing in the way of content that will surprise their grade schoolers.
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