Mighty Raters

A band of campy Ninja-esque teens takes the lead in kids' TV

| By the time you are seven, the dictates of the cookie-and-Kool-Aid-culture require you to develop mature television relationships -- ones that no longer involve dopey, Leo Buscaglia-inspired dinosaurs like Barney.

This season what plugged-in Americans ages 6 to 11 are graduating to is the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Fox), an absurdly camp, live-action sci-fi show that in the past three months, airing six days a week, has become the top- rated children's program on TV. In Los Angeles the half-hour show has already garnered ratings that rival Oprah Winfrey's.

Don't expect to get it. Power Rangers is choppy, video-game-paced fare...