Parents' Guide to

Voltron: Legendary Defender

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

DreamWorks updates '80s toon in tense but fantastic form.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 8+

Very good for kids.

Not only is it filled with positive influences it also let's kids know that it is okay to like who you like. (As we see at the end of season 8 with Shiro.) I find that it shows kids you can be who they are and not have to his forever because they will find friends and family that support them. Also with Pidge (the green paliden) ,who is voiced by a nonbinary amazing person, shows that family is important by not stoping and doing anything to save her family. Over all I believe that this is a good show and is amazing for the age rating it has.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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age 10+

Good, but some not-so-great messages

This show started great, but then I started to notice a few problems. There are so many moments where very serious or hurtful issues are used a jokes. There is also nearly an entire episode dedicated to calling a character with insecurities "dumb" or "stupid" in a very hurtful manner. I'm okay if it's a quick comment for laughs, but this was ridiculous and in the end no one supported or helped the character. Not sure that's a good message to teach my children!

This title has:

Too much violence
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21):
Kids say (89):

This exceptional series gives a DreamWorks makeover to an '80s fan favorite, and the result deserves to draw big crowds. The characters are endearingly imperfect, each arriving on the scene with his unique baggage and quirks but devoted to a common cause that unites them and makes you want to root for them. Pidge's self-consciousness, Hunk's body issues (the moment when he measures his girth against his new "hero" suit is especially quaint), Keith's troubled past -- they're all part of what makes them believable and appealing and what injects some levity into the exchanges between good and evil.

And those exchanges? They're pretty tense. As with most cartoons, you feel fairly confident throughout Voltron: Legendary Defender that the good guys will win the day, but you're never quite sure. The baddies are really bad, and they will stop at nothing to get what they want, whereas the good guys' vulnerability is that they're always concerned for each other. And with the violence that's involved, it's hard to say that this is a great pick for kids, but if yours can handle this kind of tense content, there's a lot to like in how these unlikely heroes conduct themselves.

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