The Weekenders

TV review by
Andrea Graham, Common Sense Media
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Toon tweens are funny, but awfully shallow.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

These kids are concerned about being cool, having fun, and avoiding homework. They're close friends, but they often treat each other in questionable ways (putting each other down, etc.).

Violence
Sex
Language

Infrequent uses of words like "crap" is as bad as it gets.

Consumerism

Specific products aren't featured, but the kids are pretty materialistic.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this cartoon is squarely aimed at tweens who can't wait to be a little bit older. Featuring jokes that involve celebrity disses, subtle put downs, and even a few iffy words ("crap" is about as bad as it gets), it's not really for the younger set. The main characters' only goal seems to be to have as much fun -- and do as little homework -- as possible. Nevertheless, there are some decent take-aways about the importance of honesty, loyalty, and patience when it comes to friendship.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynduns October 18, 2011

Wow, to say you guys are ignoring messages would be an understatement

Okay, where do I begin, CS? First off, the characters putting each other down is usually meant to be in good fun. Like it or not, there are a lot of people in... Continue reading
Parent of an infant, 3, 9, 10, and 17-year-old Written byMyNameIsBeaver April 18, 2013

Shallow? No way, it's anything except any synonym for bad

Shallow? Shallow? I say a show is shallow if it has only lasted for a year or less! This lasted 4 years, and it had no bad words, drinking, or sex innuendo. It... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byJdausten3 April 23, 2011

Awesome Show

I think it's a very clever cartoon. I Wish it was still running because it is much better than a lot of what is on television today. I think the concerns a... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous March 8, 2011

What are you saying?!

"Cr*p" isn't even used on the show! It's for the younger set! Sometimes, you make purposely deliberate errors.

What's the story?

THE WEEKENDERS seems a lot like the hit '90s sitcom Saved by the Bell, considering that it's about a group of cool kids -- Tino Tonitini (voiced by Jason Marsden), Lor McQuarrie (Grey DeLisle), Carver Descartes (Phil LaMarr), and Petrotishkovna "Tish" Katsufrakis (Kath Soucie) -- who hang out in southern California trying to find the shortest possible route to the most awesome weekend fun. Each episode starts off on a Friday afternoon and ends on Sunday evening. In between, the gang heads to the beach, the movies, and the arcade where they find a good time and simultaneously learn about themselves and about friendship.

Is it any good?

While The Weekenders certainly offers some laughs, they're often at the expense of someone else -- mostly because Tino, Carver, Tish, and Lor are obsessed with looking cool. In one episode, for example, Tish has styled her hair in a way that the group disapproves of, so they try to hide her away from her classmates to "save" her from embarrassment and humiliation. That may be an accurate reflection of how some teens act, but it's not the best message about what really matters in friendships (true friends shouldn't care what you look like).

Yes, they're a bit shallow (and they could use some friendship tips). But tween viewers who are savvy enough to look past all that will hopefully get the jokes about the petty nature of popularity and coolness and may enjoy the misadventures of their cartoon peers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendships. What does it mean to be a good friend? Have kids ever felt caught in the middle between two friends? How did that make them feel? What's peer pressure, and how does it affect friendship? How do you think friendships might change during the teen years?

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