ThunderCats (1980s)

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Classic 'toon's conflict is OK for older kids.

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 1 review

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Community Reviews

age 6+

Description by site is wrong

Ok so the “lone female” is wrong. There are 2and eventually 3. Every episode ended with a review of what they’d learned and a positive message, smart writing too.

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age 8+

A classic that still holds up

I watched this show religiously as a kid in the 80s, jumping off the couch and mimicing the characters. 30 years later, I'm watching my kids doing the same thing. My 7 year old son and 9 year old daughter got deep into it after only one episode and are questioning a lot of the science and back story. They are really smart, creative and want to know as much as possible, so this show fits them perfectly. My biggest complaint about the show is the voice acting, which even bothered me as a child. Many times the character speak with a whiney tone, stretching the words out like their talking to babies. Other times they talk like robots, not the most human of emotions coming from their voices. But the action and storylines are strong enough for anyone to get over it. Like most 80s cartoons, the episodes end with positive learning moments that are a obvious sign of the times, yet the production team was smart enough to weave these messages into the subject of the storyline rather than a lecture. Of course, there will be a lot of things that only adults would get but that's what makes Thundercats so great, it's fun for all ages.

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Great messages
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