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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 10 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.

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 byT J November 17, 2018
Adult Written byTotallySpiesYes June 25, 2016

Too many critics honestly

Young kids may not understand it too well, but it's such full of comedy. Me and my siblings (brothers included) always got a kick out of the show back when... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySpacething7474 March 12, 2018

Who thought to green light this?

This show is disappointing. I’m still confused why it got a spinoff. I’m glad that the revival did not air in the United States. Why did Teletoon make both this... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byAngelDynamite February 4, 2016

No good qualities not even the manga style.

It's okay, just kinda stupid. The girls use slang all the time, wear immodest clothes, and are obsessed with hair, makeup, and boys. It does have a noticea... 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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