Totally Spies

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
Totally Spies TV Poster Image
Scooby-Doo meets Beverly Hills 90210.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 20 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value
Positive Messages

Girls are the powerful (and sometimes clever) characters here, which sends a positive message to young viewers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although the girls are strong and resourceful, they also sometimes act in stereotypical ways ("valley girl" speak, emphasis on clothes, etc.).

Violence & Scariness

There's action fighting, though the brutality isn't as gruesome as other action shows.

Sexy Stuff

Girls wear tight and/or skimpy clothes.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are no obvious redeeming features about this series. It does make for fun enough sleepover material, and there are hints of travel and cultural exploration, but in terms of everyday viewing, there are much more worthwhile shows for tweens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byElsworth September 10, 2014

Looks like a Girl Power show but...

There are actually lots of messages that, as a kid, all of my friends and I took the wrong way. The three heroines are both obsessed with boys and fashion. The... Continue reading
Adult Written byIrenne Themba June 22, 2016

Probably the best animation series ever

I've been watching Totally Spies since I was a kid, and I can say that even right now, I feel very happy when I see it on TV. "Totally Spies" is... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byLilacly July 14, 2011

Completely Age Appropriate

I grew up with this show and never found any problems with it. It showed the female characters as strong, resourceful, smart girls.The language was very tame an... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byilovecookiez April 18, 2012

....Oh geez

Seriously? Why do shows like these make girls look like a bunch of giggly, boy crazy, idiots. I mean, yeah, I'm a bit boy crazy. But this? Who acts like th... Continue reading

What's the story?

Scooby-Doo meets Beverly Hills, 90210 in cotton candy cartoon TOTALLY SPIES. The action takes place at Beverly Hills High School, but the girls are so often whisked away from school that being at school is so not even the point. What makes this series as catchy as a pop song has to do with the mysteries that the girls must solve -- and they often find themselves in places like Madrid or the Alps, which gives the show the slightest bit of international cred. Much like Velma and Daphne of the Scooby series, the girls have to use their ingenuity to solve the mysteries.

Is it any good?

Totally Spies was first introduced on ABC in 2001, and, to its credit, it's garnered some staying power. Perhaps it's the manga-style animation, or the cool spy gadgets that viewers enjoy. But there is something charming about Totally Spies lying under the shallow façade. Whether viewers should subject themselves to the annoying dialogue to find the deeper stuff is up to their discretion. We think it's a decent show to catch once in a while, but anything more regular might give viewers the like, slightest headache.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the show's use of slang ("totally," "so not," "like," "you know," etc.) Do adults find it hard to take kids seriously when they use these words? How can language affect how people are viewed?

  • Are the girls actually clever, or are they just lucky to have the stuff that they have?

  • Do real teens look like these girls?

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