Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this animated series, which ran for four seasons in the mid-1980s, is the show that kicked off so many other Transformers series, as well as the successful big-budget movie franchise. It focuses on the cartoon clashes between two groups of giant robots -- the evil Decepticons and the noble Autobots. Expect plenty of robo-combat and lots of explosions, but few actual injuries. The series was originally based on a line of popular toys; the toys are still available, as are many other Transformers products, but the cartoons are at the heart of Transformers empire.
Lots and lots of animated robotic battles. Expect explosions, heavy weapons, and other kinds of mechanized mayhem, but little actual danger. Robots are rarely damaged, and civilians sometimes seem to be in peril but are never injured.
The good Autobots are constantly foiling the nefarious schemes of their arch-enemies, the evil Decepticons. The Autobots have allied with the humans on Earth, while the Decepticons want to steal the planet's energy resources.
Plenty of products are tied to the Transformers franchise, including robot toys and two big-budget big-screen movies. The toys actually came first, and this series was originally developed in the '80s to promote them.
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