By Natascha Crandall,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Slapstick character loves the environment -- maybe too much.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While Walter does care about the environment, the nonverbal nature of this show makes it difficult for viewers of younger ages to understand the message.
Walter cares about the environment and he does things that model reusing or reducing waste or recycling.
Positive Role Models
Walter does a lot to focus on his love for the environment, yet he rather goofy thus making him someone that others would not really want to emulate. This negates the positive messages and acts that he could possibly model for young children. He also does things like smoke cigarettes, hits someone in the face, and breaks into someone’s house.
Violence & Scariness
Walter hits a character in the face numerous times as a way to distract them before taking away their cigarette. The character is angry about this but doesn't retaliate.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Walter smokes a cigarette in one segment while he tries to get another man to dispose of his cigarettes properly. The segment ends with them both throwing cigarettes and cigarette butts at each other.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Walter 100% is series of 5-minute shows which feature nonverbal actions set to music and sound effects (pantomime). It contains a lot of slapstick with laugh tracks with a character, Walter, whose sole focus is to help the environment. While some of his actions should be modeled (reduce, reuse, recycle), other actions should not be (hitting someone in the face, breaking an entering in order to turn of their lights). For young children, it'll be hard to see a character that they should model at times and other times not model.
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What's the Story?
WALTER 100% is a character whose motivation is to help the environment -- everything he does is focused on this lesson. With his nonverbal, slapstick humor, Walter conveys his frustration with others when they don't follow the same rules that he finds important.
Is It Any Good?
This live-action, slapstick comedy show has interesting story segments that feature environmental awareness themes. This message is important, of course, yet it feels misplaced in this genre, which is typically used for entertainment and comedy, making Walter 100% a bit hard to get excited about. The mixed messages of caring about the environment versus Walter's sometimes inappropriate behavior are tricky for younger kids to figure out, and they're the target audience here.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how the positive things that Walter does versus the negative things in Walter 100%. They can also discuss how easy or difficult it was for them to determine what people were “saying” through their nonverbal behavior.
Kids: What kinds of things does Walter do? What drives Walter to do the things he does? Sometimes Walter does negative things when trying to do something positive, like breaking into someone’s house so that he can turn off the lights to save electricity. Is it okay to do that? When is it okay and when is it not okay?
- Premiere date: March 23, 2013
- Network: Comcast Kid Central
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Science and Nature
- TV rating: TV-G
- Last updated: June 11, 2020
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