A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show is meant to entertain rather than to educate, but there are some good examples to be gleaned from a strong family unit and the self-confident go-getter at the heart of the story.
When tweens break family rules (sneaking out to a party, for instance), they learn that their actions have consequences. A popularity queen torments her peers by cracking jokes at their expense and intimidating them, but others' self-confidence usually puts her in her place. Body-related humor -- like farting and a character smelling the contents of his belly button -- is common.
Positive Role Models
China never lets her youth or inexperience stand in the way of getting what she wants, and she encourages her friends to stand up for themselves against their schoolmates who bully them. China’s parents are involved in her life and make her adhere to their family rules, but the show pokes a little fun at their authority.
Violence & Scariness
Very brief instances of kids slapping or pushing each other, but it’s understood that it’s comical in nature.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Tweens and teens often are giddy in each other’s presence, and a main character has a hard time masking his crush on his classmate, but there’s no physical interaction.
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Some name-calling like "stupid."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's little reason to fret about this benign comedy series that centers on friends who lean on each other to navigate an uncertain social environment. The characters' outsider identity can be related to kids' own troubles with their peers, and with some parental guidance, there are positive messages here about self-confidence and sticking to personal values. An innocent crush gives way to some giddy flirting, and there's enough potty humor (farting and the like) to fulfill kids' need for this guilty pleasure, but other than that, parents can rest assured that these characters face realistic consequences for misbehavior and find strength in knowing that standing up for themselves can keep would-be bullies at bay.
Is It Any Good?
A.N.T. FARM is a funny and sweet, if not remarkable, addition to the line-up of Disney's tween-friendly shows. Kids will empathize with Chyna's desire to be accepted by her school peers, and the repercussions of her attempts to force herself into their good graces are close enough to realistic (being grounded after sneaking out to a party, for instance) that they send worthwhile messages about respecting family rules. What's more, the show also brings sibling relationships to the forefront with Cameron's unrest over his sister's constant presence in his life, so there's good opportunity to relate the characters' experiences to those of your kids.
As for the content, expect a smattering of bathroom humor to keep things light, plus some age-appropriate flirting among 11-year-olds. Even the bully who's central to the tweens' social struggles isn't completely unlikable, although her actions do encourage discussions with kids about handling similar situations.
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