Parents' Guide to

Transformers Prime

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Action, violence don't overshadow worthy messages for kids.

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

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Based on 19 parent reviews

age 5+

How to make a perfect Transformers show

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age 8+
Great show! My oldest son loved it when he was a kid and my younger daughter and son are watching it currently. Violence is frequent, but non-graphic (they’re robots after all). It can get a bit dark at times as well but it’s never too bad. One male character is very frequently shown making flirtatious remarks and innuendos directed at other male characters, if that sort of stuff bothers you i’d not recommend. Most other innuendos and jokes should go over little ones heads.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19 ):
Kids say (36 ):

TRANSFORMERS PRIME exists separately from the original 1980s series, as well as later incarnations and movies, but it does borrow characters and major plot points from them. The main storyline of good vs. evil remains intact, of course, but the story here centers on the Decepticons' thirst for the Energon after they depleted their home planet of energy. Kids who are new to the Transformers characters will have no problem acclimating to the story and will likely enjoy the action-packed show.

Parents' main issue will be the show's violent content, which isn't extensive but does involve guns and hand-to-hand combat. The good news is that humans aren't a major part of the action, although the three kids who befriend the Autobots are usually bystanders to it. The show isn't a good choice for kids who can't identify it as fantasy, but older kids and tweens who can will like it. What's more, if the commercial aspect of the heavily marketed characters doesn't bother parents, they'll be happy knowing that the show does attempt to show compassion in action through the selfless Autobots, who put themselves in danger for their human friends.

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