Cartoon Network App

App review by
Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media
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Endless access to cartoons; watch out for ads, iffy content.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Easy to start watching clips and curate your own "mix" of shows. Setting up the connection with your cable TV provider is tedious but not impossible. 


Content depends on show. Some shows contain cartoon violence.


Content depends on show. Some shows contain innuendo.


Content depends on show. Some shows use "friggin'" and "sucks."


Thirty-second commercials appear between each episode in your mix, and static ads appear beside the "coming up" preview when you select clips one by one. Commercials promote fast food, toys, video games, and other cartoons. You can link out to see Cartoon Network-produced apps and games, but you can't purchase them from within the app.

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What parents need to know

Parent need to know that the Cartoon Network App is a dedicated viewer for Cartoon Network shows. Kids can use the app to view clips, songs, and full episodes of more than 25 cartoon network shows, some of which have pretty iffy content. Fully "unlocked" access to live streaming features and all episodes requires you to authenticate your cable provider (if you have one). Otherwise, you can access a shorter selection of videos for free. There are tons of ads here: Thirty-second ads for fast food and toys (think McDonald's) play between episodes on your playlist, and a preview screen before each new episode loads shows a couple of banner ads for other products and shows. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4, 6, 9, and 11-year-old Written byCoolMom1000 August 19, 2018

A good app with a few flaws

My eleven year old and nine year old love Cartoon Network. They love pretty much every show they air, but my eleven year old loves Adventure Time the most, and... Continue reading
Adult Written byBob H. December 16, 2016

Lack of Content

This app is just as useless at the website they had when I was a smaller tot, they advertise "Watch as many episodes as you want!!" leading us to beli... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old May 2, 2021
Kid, 9 years old April 21, 2020

What's it about?

The CARTOON NETWORK APP offers kids (and cartoon-watching adults) a smorgasbord of cartoons for instant viewing. Upon first launch, users select their favorite shows from a group of Cartoon Network shows (think Adventure Time and Steven Universe) and start to create their own "mix" of preferred shows, but they also can browse clips by show or category (episodes, clips, and songs). The app gives kids some VIP access to Cartoon Network content, such as shows before they air on broadcast TV. Parents can choose to connect the app with a cable provider (by visiting a website and entering a code to verify they have a cable subscription), and this grants access to all episodes, all clips, and live TV streaming.

Is it any good?

Kids who love Cartoon Network will be in heaven -- especially if you connect the app with your cable provider -- but the ads, iffy stuff, and lack of parent settings lessen the appeal. Being able to customize a mix is especially nice: If you find you don't like a show as much as you originally thought, it's easy to banish is permanently from your playlist. It's also easy to browse videos and clips, but it would be even better if there were better features for tagging videos to save them for later viewing.

Note that some of these shows have serious gross-out factors, while others are loaded with innuendo, and there aren't any parental controls: This app is designed to let users roam free through Cartoon Network's shows, so there's no good way to make some shows off-limits. If all these shows are fair game in your family, this can be great, but it's worth talking about which shows are OK and how long it's OK to watch them. There also are a remarkable number of ads here -- perhaps more than on traditional TV.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about screen-time rules, such as the shows that are OK to watch and how long it's OK to watch them. It's easy to get drawn into watching episode after episode, so talk about how your family balances screen time with non-screen time.

  • Some classics (such as Looney Tunes) are available here, but their content may be a little iffy for kids. Make a point to watch with your kids and talk about what you see. Talk about what's OK and what's not OK for your family to watch. Check out the individual reviews of each show to get a sense of what you're getting into.

  • Some Cartoon Network shows are known for their inventive visual style. Talk about how different cartoons have different looks. What kinds of characteristics or features help you tell one cartoon from another so quickly? Talk about how artists might draw those cartoons, and consider drawing your own.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free (Some shows require TV provider info.)
  • Release date: July 21, 2015
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 44.70 MB
  • Publisher: Cartoon Network
  • Version: 3.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Requires Android 4.0 and up.
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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