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Time Warp Trio

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
Time Warp Trio TV Poster Image
A look back in time, through books -- how novel!
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 20 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Diverse characters and cultural subject material.

Violence & Scariness

Fascination with war and weapons.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the series has a historical fascination with war and weapons, but no violence really comes of it. Overall, the show will appeal to kids who have a taste for adventure. Some decent educational content enriches the program.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 20, 2012

REALLY action packed!

One day I was watchin The Hub when My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Dan Vs came up.Then I decided to watch this next.I thought it had great animation and... Continue reading
Parent of a 7 year old Written byspotter April 9, 2008

good for boys

Good action for boys. I like the tie to history. There's also a series of books, so because my son likes the show he also likes reading the books.
Kid, 11 years old June 6, 2011

I hate the book but I love the show!

The book stinks but I think this is a good fantasy show for kids to learn and go on adventures. Its all about the book which I hate.
Kid, 10 years old January 10, 2012

Time Warp Trio's Test: A+++++ (Quintuple A Plus)

Very great education. Great adventures when the trio realizes that they cant do anything without each other. Rated TV-Y7.

What's the story?

Based on Jon Scieszka's books, TIME WARP TRIO follows three boys from Brooklyn who encounter a book that transports them through time and back again. Though they aren't entirely certain how to use the book, it seems the book knows precisely how to use them -- by dumping them in the middle of historical events. Along with Napoleon Bonaparte, Genghis Kahn, Emily Roebling, Thutmose III and other famous deceased folks, Joe, Sam, and Fred also encounter their great-granddaughters during their travels. Jodie, Samantha, and Freddi materialize as the boys' peers, lending a bit of comedy to the situation.

Is it any good?

Other action cartoons lack what Time Warp Triohas in spades: substance. Though some scenes can cater to boys' fascination with weapons, most of the action is related to historical events.

Time Warp Trio viewers might be inspired to pick up a book to learn more about the historical figures featured here. Or they may want to check out the Time Warp Trio books themselves. Hey, if a television show inspires a trip to the library -- all the better.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how history is shaped by a series of events. How will our actions affect our history and that of our children? For kids compelled to know more about the historical events from the series, try a trip to the library or a (supervised) Internet search.

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