A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this animated series lacks plot and pretty much any worthwhile content. Not only do the two main dog characters constantly bicker and refuse to share, but the Secret Squirrel segments can be quite violent.
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What's the story?
2 STUPID DOGS is about two stupid, nameless dogs who bicker over inconsequential things. The larger dog (voiced by Brad Garrett) usually finds a way to trick the smaller dog (Mark Schiff), but -- no matter what -- every episode starts with an argument and ends without a resolution. Other segments in each episode follow the adventures of a newer incarnation of Secret Squirrel (here voiced by Jess Harnell). Unlike the bits featuring the dogs -- which, while pointless and a bit crude, are otherwise fairly tame -- the Secret Squirrel segments include violence and some pretty sketchy behavior (villains putting their hands down their pants, etc.).
Is it any good?
Although 2 Stupid Dogs got some attention for its then-trendsetting animation style when it originally aired in the early '90s (Dogs veterans went on to work on shows like Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends), content-wise, it's not exactly a classic. In addition to their bickering, the dogs indulge in a fair amount of potty humor -- fighting over a dirty toilet seat, coughing up undigested corn on the cob, and using colorful terms like "caca" to describe anything disgusting, especially distasteful food.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about sharing. Why is it important to share? What are the benefits of sharing? Would the dogs get along better if they learned to share? Kids, is there anything positive to take away from this show? If not, what purpose do you think the creators had in mind when they were making it?
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