Titan Maximum

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Animated sci-fi parody is coarse, campy adults-only fun.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this tv show.

Positive messages

The show is a parody of classic early sci-fi shows for kids featuring teams of earnest, wholesome heroes. These characters are just as brave and willing to risk death, but when they're off duty, they're anything but pure (they drink heavily, sleep around, and bicker like little children). Heroes, it seems the show is saying, need not be overly moral in their downtime if they can still do their duty when called upon.

Positive role models & representations

The members of the Titan Maximum team indulge in constant unsavory behavior when off duty (drinking, casual sex, etc.). But they're also willing to risk death to save the world from giant robots and other improbable foes.

Violence

Several scenes feature close-ups of gory violence, including heads being blown up, people being stabbed, etc. Though the show's animated style makes these scenes seem less real, they do include gobs of blood and guts spilling from various body parts. There are also plenty of animated battle sequences featuring giant robots, blasters, etc. These clashes are noisy but not especially intense.

Sex

Numerous, explicit references to sex and sexuality. One female character dresses provocatively and is very clear about her desire for frequent coupling. She's derisive about another woman who's more selective and much more chaste. Some scenes show the animated characters kissing ... and imply much more. Characters often make explicit references to sex, including one who wants to “cornhole some Martians” and another who hopes to get a glimpse of some “side boob.”

Language

Frequent and crude, including “dick,” “ass,” dumbass,” “butt,” and “a--hole,” as well as some creative insults that won’t alert network censors but will probably raise parental eyebrows. Also expect frequent use of the middle finger.

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Some characters drink heavily and are shown drunk, sometimes to the point of vomiting. Several scenes are set in bars and nightclubs, featuring plenty of liquor.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this animated parody from the creators of Robot Chicken of early sci-fi kids' shows like Thunderbirds is aimed more at the adults who watched the original programs than at today's young viewers. Like the earlier shows, Titan Maximum centers on a group of daring heroes -- but in their down time, these heroes are rude, crude party animals. They drink to excess, swear like sailors, sleep around, and bicker with each other. Consequently, the show hass plenty of swearing, drinking, drugs, and sex, as well as some fairly explicit animated violence. It’s funny, but for grown-ups only.

User Reviews

Parent of a 5, 9, 12, and 14 year old Written byfamily_time July 29, 2010

15+

My 15 year old loves this show, but is banned from everyone else in the house due to explicit language.
Parent of a 4, 8, and 12 year old Written byxtraman10 March 4, 2013

its basicly robot chicken

tv-14 dlsv is common. edgy to tv-ma
Teen, 13 years old Written byno ur a towel May 16, 2010

its not that bad

if you think this has too much alchohol check out king of the hill!
Kid, 10 years old November 1, 2009

TV-MA

This is Show is too mature for TV-14

What's the story?

Individually, the five daring members of the Titan team and their high-powered jet fighters are more than a match for most villains. But when the world is truly in danger, the quintet joins forces, merging their fighting machines into a single, unstoppable giant battle robot: TITAN MAXIMUM. If that sounds familiar, it should. Over the years, this basic formula has spawned countless sci-fi and anime series aimed at kids. But unlike the wholesome heroes on those shows, the Titan team members sure like to party when they’re off duty. This animated parody series from the creators of Robot Chicken focuses on the heroes’ debaucheries when they're not fighting other giant robots -- including plenty of swearing, casual sex, and lots of drinking.

Is it any good?

Power Rangers, Thunderbirds, G-Force, and many, many more TV shows have followed Titan Maximum's basic plot/theme, featuring noble teams of action heroes who work together to battle evil and spend their off-time ... talking about fighting evil some more. Didn’t any of those guys have lives? The Titan Maximum team certainly does. Much like the gang in the even raunchier movie Team America: World Police, they get wasted, get into fights, and try to reel in groupies. One of them even has a record contract (though her songs are pretty lame).

Many people who grew up watching the classic shows that this series spoofs will find Titan Maximum familiar and fun. The original shows might seem too wholesome for adults to really revisit, but this show features mature characters that will be both familiar and fun -- but only for mature viewers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about satire. What makes something a satire? Are satires funny on their own merits or because they play on something else memorable? Where does this show deviate most from the shows it was inspired by, and where is it almost the same?

  • Why does cartoon violence make us laugh, when the same thing happening in real life would be terrifying?

  • How can you tell when an animated movie or TV show isn't meant for younger viewers?

TV details

For kids who love comedies

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