Parents' Guide to

Total Drama Island

By KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Cartoon reality show spoof has stereotypes, sexy stuff.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 94 parent reviews

age 13+
I would say you should atleast be 13+ to watch this show, Mainly because there is a scene where a character named "Heather" has her shirt flying off, so she becomes shirtless, although it is censored. Also i think in different seasons there is flashes just like that(they're censored too though), and sex jokes
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age 12+

What's with almost every rating being either 2+ or 18+?

Ok, I have to clarify that this is not a kids show nor is it an adult show. It is a teen show that's intended to be relatable. The teen characters act just like any real teens would. I'm sure we've all heard strong profanity or seen sexual encounters 5000x a day at school, so this show is actually tame by real life standards. Anyway, I'm 18 and never watched the show before until this week, and now I'm absolutely hooked. It's obvious why I wasn't allowed to watch it as a kid, but from an older teen perspective it's great. The writing and dialog are top notch, the storylines are great, the characters are all unique and memorable, and the setting is amazing. This show is basically Survivor with raging hormones, and that's what makes it special. POSITIVE MESSAGES: Not really the focus, but there are moments when the characters overcome differences and work together, stuff like that. But this isn't a show for kids so it doesn't need to be filled with life lessons. VIOLENCE: Pretty frequent, but all comical. People get punched and hit with various objects in a very Looney Tunes fashion. There's only one instance of mild blood when the character Leshawna is scratched up after fighting alligators. The character Noah sarcastically pretends to commit suicide in multiple ways. There are also a large amount of "gross-out" moments where characters are forced to do revolting things (e.g. drink from a filthy toilet, lick someone's sweaty armpit, eat live insects, etc.) that result in them vomiting onscreen. SEX: Again, this is a teen show, so it's not clean in this department. Nudity is shown, both male and female, but it is blurred out. Many female characters wear skimpy clothing, including bikinis. Some couples make out and there are talks of "hooking up." One lengthy scene involves the character Harold seeing the character Heather's breasts (which are shown but censored) and he spends a lot of time bragging about how he "saw boobies." Various other innuendos. LANGUAGE: Tame but frequent. The Cartoon Network version removed most of the profanity standins, but the original version features repeated uses of words like crap, suck, and other similar words. A few instances of "hell." In the first episode, the character DJ says "Oh sh**" but it's bleeped out. In a later episode, the character Lindsay goes on a (also bleeped out) severely profane rant, and you can read a few of the words she says on her lips. Other various creative insults. Overall, no this show is not appropriate for kids. There's a reason why it was shown at 9pm instead of during the daytime block. But if you're a teen yourself or are the parent of one who understands what it's like, then this is absolutely a must-watch. It's a very enjoyable show, one of the best shows I think I've ever watched.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (94):
Kids say (308):

The best thing about Total Drama Island is that its knowing wink encompasses everyone -- viewers and characters alike. Many characters know that they're there to play their stereotypical roles (geek, tough kid, big sassy African American girl, etc.), and they do so with one eye on the camera. The joke isn't just on reality shows -- it's on reality shows as they've become now: populated with students of the genre who are all trying to game the system. The show's theme song, "I Wanna Be Famous," says it all.

For all its satiric qualities, Total Drama Island actually manages to pull viewers in. There's a contest at the core, and kids who tune in for the spoof may find themselves caught up in finding out which character will manage to survive to the end. Overall, it's an enjoyable, smart show for anyone old enough to watch "real" reality TV.

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