TV review by
Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
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Minecraft maven beloved for his "Let's Play" vids, parodies.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 9 reviews

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Positive Messages

The creative aspect of Minecraft is highlighted on the channel; kids who enjoy the world of building can find fun ways to get creative on their own. 

Positive Role Models

Fans may be inspired by CaptainSparklez's journey from YouTuber to game developer and millionaire. 


Videos may or may not contain violent imagery, depending on what game CaptainSparklez is playing at the time. Games like Counter-Strike, Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, and Trouble in Terrorist Town can feature guns, explosions, bloody zombie characters, and other potentially questionable content. 


Very mild overall, although if a game is particularly challenging, Maron has been known to drop a few frustrated F-bombs here and there.


The "Let's Play" videos basically serve as a kind of advertisement for whatever video game CaptainSparklez happens to be demonstrating. CaptainSparklez also has his own line of products and downloadable games available for purchase. He has two offshoot channels he links to as well, one of which focuses on music (with links to his songs on iTunes) and one of which is a vlog featuring more personal videos like the unveiling of his new custom-painted Ferrari. The videos tend toward the longer side, which means more commercial breaks.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

He has recorded game playthroughs while drunk, when doing collabs with other YouTubers -- but this isn't a regular occurrence on his own channel.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jordan Maron -- better known as "CaptainSparklez" -- is one of YouTube's most popular gaming personalities, with millions of  subscribers tuning in to watch his Minecraft parodies, reaction videos, and video game "Let's Plays" (aka "LPs," which are videos where viewers can watch a player demonstrate different features of a video game by actually playing it and providing commentary). It's important to note that the violence level may vary based on what game CaptainSparklez is playing at the time; some games may be more graphic than others. There's also a fair bit of consumerism, as Maron has his own line of CaptainSparklez-branded merchandise available, and the LPs themselves serve as mini-commercials for the games they're covering.

Please note: Our reviewers watch between one and two hours of content to determine the general appropriateness of each YouTube channel. Some channels contain more variety within their content than others; we do our best to capture the channel's overall subject and tone to help parents make the best choice for their family. We recommend parent co-viewing of YouTube content for kids under 13.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byXii-Nyth June 29, 2018

Jordan Maron (CaptainSparklez) is a great role model

here are some examples:

-Always appropriate and remains neutral when there is a problem
-Is generally just plain kind
-When seeing others "fail" at s... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byI Love Myself May 26, 2018
Teen, 14 years old Written byKingRobert December 30, 2017

Excellent Humor!

This dude's humor is some of the best I've ever seen!

What's the story?

Jordan Maron is a YouTuber, musician, and game developer also known as CAPTAINSPARKLEZ, whose eponymous channel boasts a stunning 10 million subscribers. Though his channel started out with Call of Duty gameplay videos, CaptainSparklez's popularity really kicked into high gear with the addition of Minecraft content, and the channel soon became popular for its mod playthroughs, challenge maps, parody videos, and more. He occasionally teams up with other YouTubers like Rosanna Pansino for collaborative videos where they taste-test gross snack foods or bake cakes with geeky-cool themes. 

Is it any good?

Experienced Minecraft fans will find a lot to love here, as Maron offers a pleasant and engaging running commentary on a variety of creative games and mods. He doesn't take himself too seriously, and despite his mega-star status in the YouTube gaming scene, often finds himself in the underdog role when filming multiplayer game playthroughs with other YouTubers -- which may endear him to viewers who can relate. While the way CaptainSparklez mixes up his content from Let's Play videos to food challenges to reaction videos keeps things fresh, this can also make it harder to monitor potentially offensive content.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what the appeal is in watching someone else play a video game. Do you think the games lose any of their appeal without the element of surprise? Or do you prefer to play a game after you've been coached with tips and tricks from a YouTube channel like CaptainSparklez?

  • CaptainSparklez is known for his playful Minecraft song parodies and animations. Has his work influenced your own builds in Minecraft? How so?

TV details

  • Premiere date: July 20, 2010
  • Network: YouTube Channel
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: NR
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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