All Grown Up

Common Sense Media says

The Rugrats go to middle school.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Diverse cast models tolerance and friendship. Series highlights the value of elderly people. Humor ranges from satire to goofball to crude humor involving a farting dog.

Violence & scariness

Some goofy roughhousing.

Sexy stuff

The kids are starting to develop crushes and "like" each other.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Angelica is still selfish and materialistic, but the show doesn't depict her as a role model.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the show makes slight fun of parenting styles, from the would-be perfect parent (abreast of child psychology and serving "steamed spinach on a bed of chilled spinach" for dinner) to the career parent (emotionally uninvolved but concerned with which extracurricular activities will grace her child's college applications). Other than that, there is really no objectionable material.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

As the phenomenally successful Rugrats series winds down, ALL GROWN UP steps in to take its place. So what happens when the Rugrats go to middle school? Angelica writes for the school paper, Susie's a singing sensation, Kimi goes punk, Chuckie takes more chances, and Tommy (now with hair!) makes movies. The twins Phil and Lil also remain major characters. Tommy's little brother Dil, a new baby in the original series, now has a wild and crazy personality of his own, and by no means hides in the shadows of his big brother.

Is it any good?

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The characters remain endearing, but situations aren't quite as hilarious as in the original series. Rugrats built episodes out of the babies' radical misinterpretations of the adult world. The stories in All Grown Up are thoughtfully crafted but less satiric, focusing on more standard preteen fare such as handling the emotions of jealousy and embarrassment, becoming an individual, and experiencing a first crush. Kids who grew up with Rugrats will enjoy seeing these familiar characters deal with middle school. Real middle-schoolers, though, are likely to find the cartoon too juvenile. The parents are often oblivious to their kids' struggles and antics, but family members generally value and respect each other and sibling relationships are especially positive.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether the parents on the show seem realistic. Is it obvious when exaggeration is used for comic effect? How are real parents different from the ones in the show?

TV details

Cast:Elizabeth Daily, Nancy Cartwright, Tara Strong
Network:Nickelodeon
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Book characters, Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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LOVE IT

THIS SHOW IS GREAT.IF YOU GO TO YOU TUBE THERE ARE THREE EPISODES THAT HASENT AIRED YET: PENTINATION THIS ALL BROKE UP AND TP +KF
Kid, 11 years old January 21, 2011
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7
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Entertaining!

I love "All Grown Up" it's a good show for families!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byBlueSunday October 7, 2010
AGE
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It's good, although they may have all aged... to much?

Of course, NOTHING can compete with the Rugrats, although I do actually like this show. Things I do like: they're all still friends, and it hasen't 'completely' changed their characters. They still live in the same houses, it and still refurs to parts of Rugrats (memories) Things I don't like: Lil has grown out of her gross discusting self, although still is a tomboy, although she chases boys at times. Kimi is still pretty fun, but she's kinda into hanging and doing what Angelica says (also chases boys) Chucky is always trying to be cool, totally left his old self, now he's kinda annoying. Tommy is okay, although much more hot tempered. Dill.. he's alright, I like how he's weird. Susie is a hard worker, though much stricter than she use to be. Angelica has softened a little, but still has her perks, she's more into sucking up though, always trying to get with the cool kids (I don't like that, I imagined her to be more independent and showing who's boss) The parents are alright, they just seem more aged than expected... I mean they have gray streaks and... they seem more like senior citizons! But the show on a few parts is really good. Still in low comparison to Rugrats.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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