The Troop

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Monsters vs. teens fantasy is worry-free fun for tweens.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

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... ).

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff

Some mild, mostly one-sided flirting between a guy and his long-time crush, but it’s never physical.

Language

"Heck" is as bad as it gets, and even that’s rare.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 18, 2012

Watch Kenan & Kel or All That instead.

This show is terrible.The punchlines are lame and the voice acting is just plain medicore.
Parent of a 17-year-old Written byParentof2boys November 9, 2009
I think it's a great show for kids! What adults have to remember is, This show is for KIDS, NOT them! All the kids I know, LOVE the show! And thats what ma... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old February 27, 2012

The Troop

The Troop is a really good show. That's why I was sad to see it go.
Teen, 15 years old Written byDavid Cardino January 29, 2012

Put an end to it already!

This is just a rip-off of The Secret World Of Alex Meck (which is a show I used to like but now I hate it.)The only good thing about this show is the theme song...

What's the story?

High school is little more than a necessary evil for social underdog Jake (Nick Purcell), but his luck changes when an stealthy aptitude test earns him a spot on a secret team that battles supernatural beings. Suddenly going to school takes on new meaning for Jake, since the building itself doubles as a cover for the Troop’s lair -- and a holding pen for some of the uncivilized creatures that Jake's teammates Felix (David Del Rio) and Hayley (Gage Golightly) have captured. But battling basilisks is nothing compared to the challenge of keeping their secret and going about their not-so-normal teenage lives.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the violence in this show compares to that in other TV shows and movies they've seen. Does it have less impact because it's based in fantasy?

  • Do you believe in extraterrestrial life or supernatural beings? What evidence exists to support believers’ claims? How reliable do you think it is?

  • Do you think this show gives an accurate impression of teen life? How does your experience with friends compare to Jake’s? Would you be able to keep a secret as big as his from your friends?

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