A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Gives kids a look at the comic book world and what goes into creating a graphic novel.
Overcoming competitiveness to work together and achieve a common goal.
Positive Role Models
Kids each hold an afterschool job and work on special interest projects: creating a graphic novel, coming up with a new kind of pizza.
Only one character of color; his ethnicity is ambiguous and he's often portrayed as lazy and incompetent.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of slapstick physical humor: getting hit with objects, zapped with laser guns, etc. Sarcasm, name calling, lying, and dishonesty are often used for comedic effect. Characters tease each other about not knowing things or not being good at things (drawing, speaking a fictional language, etc.) Kids get into trouble often with little to no consequences. In an early episode they go so far as to break into a car and drive it through the wall of the comic book store.
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Mild potty humor: "poopy"
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Products & Purchases
Occasional references to comic book memorabilia.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Warped! Is a live-action sitcom that relies on a lot of slapstick physical humor and doesn't have much in the way of morals or lessons learned. Characters get along but still tease each other about not knowing things or not being good at things. Sarcasm, name calling, lying, and dishonesty are often used for comedic effect. The kids get into trouble often, with few consequences. There's only one character of color, whose ethnicity is ambiguous, and he's portrayed as not being very smart or competent.
Is It Any Good?
While younger kids will get a kick out of the show's seemingly endless physical comedy gags, parents will be turned off by the character's lack of integrity and the absence of consequences for their behavior. On the surface, Warped! is a frothy and harmless 30 minutes of laughs for the young elementary school set. Look a little closer, though, and you'll see an alarming reliance on sarcasm, mild insults set to a laugh track, and dishonest behavior in order to get those giggles. While Ruby is portrayed as generally kind and inclusive, Milo is often selfish and self-serving. The other characters are similarly one-dimensional and the only minority character, Harley, is often depicted as lazy and as a bad employee. Add in that the kids hardly ever get into trouble for their antics regardless of their severity -- in one episode they even go so far as to break into a car and drive it through the comic store's wall -- and this is a show that's not worth anyone's time.
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