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2 Stupid Dogs

2 stupid 2 watch. This one's for the dogs.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

All characters promote selfishness rather than sharing.

Violence & scariness

Voodoo, guns, axes, and other weapons (in Secret Squirrel segments). Some physical fighting as well.

Sexy stuff

Secret Squirrel villains stick their hands down their pants; underwear is used as a weapon.

Language

Words like "stupid" and "idiot" are used casually (just look at the show's title!). "Caca" and other potty talk, too.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Villains in Secret Squirrel segments smoke.

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:September 5, 1993
Cast:Brad Garrett, Jess Harnell, Mark Schiff
Network:Boomerang
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-Y

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Kid, 9 years old September 27, 2009

1 word for you: Stupid

This show is the most terrible show I have ever seen. But it is kind of funny
Educator Written bybugmenot March 30, 2011

oh, really now

that was a horrible review. this show is a classic, and gives animation fans insight into the development of the cartoon network signature style of animations. industry giants Genndy Tartakovsky and Craig McCracken, along with many others, pretty much got their start here, and their early experimentation is a joy to watch. i can only think that the humor and deeper meanings of this show just went right over the reviewer's head. it is a low-key show, with more subtly surreal humor and wisdom than is found in the vast majority of children's shows. "2 stupid 2 watch"? apparently the reviewer is, but there are several levels on which this show can be appreciated, and most any child or adult with some humor or childlike wonder left in them will be able to enjoy it on some level. oh, and 3 out of 5 for drug use? please, no one ever show this person any Looney Tunes. or the world outside their basement.
Kid, 12 years old December 9, 2010

Yes, yes they are.

One, this is a really funny show. Two, it is aptly named.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models