A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although they're not obvious, characters exhibit some morals and social responsibilities. But violence is the "solution" to most conflicts.
Positive Role Models
Lack of female role models -- only one female character, period. It's sometimes difficult to tell the bad guys from the good guys.
Violence & Scariness
Autobots engage in plenty of shooting wars, but as they're all mechanical, there's very little harm done.
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Products & Purchases
Part of an extensive product line revolving around toy robots.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, in robot form, each Transformer has some sort of built-in weapon, and shooting wars are commonplace. It's often difficult to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys, since they're all robots, and they change to and from various vehicles. The series is very much male-dominated -- the only recurring female role is Lori, one of the kids who befriend the Autobots.
Is It Any Good?
Transformers: Cybertron features a decipherable plot, dynamic graphics, and multi-dimensional characters. As the three kids teach the Autobots about life on Earth, viewers see undertones of principles and lessons. In one episode, for example, Bud begs Autobot Scattershot (Richard Ian Cox) to bend the rules and take him into space. Once there, an accident sends them off-course and threatens Bud's oxygen supply, and it's only some quick-thinking help from another Transformer that gets them back to Earth. Bud learns that rules exist for a reason, and Scattershot finds that responsibility can come with a price if you're not ready for it.
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