Parents' Guide to

Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dark themes, violence mark engrossing animated series.

TV Netflix Drama 2020
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+

It's like the government made a transformers series.

All the right elements are there, but it's somehow still just mediocre. The setting and story is interesting, and character design is great, but the characters are often misrepresented and voice casting could really use some help.
age 12+


War for Cybertron is an excellent show for fans of the Transformers cartoons. It takes aspects from previous shows such as Transformers G1 and Beast Wars and portrays them in a new ways. The plot is slightly rushed, with only 6 episodes per season, and at times it isn’t clear why the Autobots and Decepticons are fighting. The Autobots are shown as the good guys, although they are almost as violent as the Decepticons.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (7):

There's a dark and foreboding nature to this engrossing series that pushes its target audience into the teen set, much like the CGI and live-action feature films have. The violence is relentless at times, and it's never easy to assume that favorite characters will escape with their lives. Despite the animation, which usually helps offset a show's violence, there's a very real sense of danger that threatens the good guys' safety and jeopardizes the eventual success of the Autobots' mission of freedom. In other words, the line between fantasy and reality is blurry enough that the production could be really scary for some kids.

On the other hand, it's that very quality that will appeal to older viewers who can handle the violent content and who have enough familiarity with the Transformers universe to jump right into the fray, which is what War for Cybertron expects you to do. As the two sides wage constant battles against each other, the story raises complex issues about right and wrong and about the existence (or lack) of honor in war. Allegiances waver, loyalties are questioned, and victories lose their luster when losses are tallied. It's a heady watch compared to many bearing the Transformers name, and it will appeal to teens who know the characters especially.

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