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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Female characters come across as superficial and boy-obsessed, and their physical appearances are a consideration in how attracted the guys are to them. Certain character traits (laziness, vanity, denseness) are played for laughs in skits and jokes.
Positive Role Models
The show's purely comic feel and brisk clip leave little time for character development, but, for the most part, they're all good sports about rotating the job of being the brunt of a joke.
Violence & Scariness
The characters run into things, have objects dropped on them, and suffer a myriad of mishaps in trademark cartoon fashion, but injuries are rare.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the characters tease about romantic relationships. The girls in particular often seem intent on winning the favor of their respective crushes, and the guys' disinterest is played for laughs.
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The show is one of many inspired by the characters of the Archie comic books.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Archie's Funhouse comprises rapid-fire comical skits, slapstick humor, jokes, and musical segments featuring songs by the Archies. The content is clean, and the humor is often corny, but there's a persistent sexism embedded into the otherwise entertaining cartoon. Female characters tend to moon over the guys, and these one-sided crushes are played for laughs, as is the physical appearance of an unattractive girl whose attempts are chronicled in a recurring segment called "How to Catch a Man."
Is It Any Good?
The fact that Archie's Funhouse is unlike anything today's kids are likely to have seen gives it a certain novelty status. For all the, er, vintage quality that stands out in scenes of the circa-1970 audience members, the entertainment portion of the show is fairly timeless humor. After all, bad puns and slapstick humor can bridge any time gap, right?
Another feature that stands out as a reflection of its time is the gender dynamic among the characters. Whereas we've come to expect qualities such as self-sufficiency and an element of romantic indifference in our modern female characters, this group isn't shy about batting starry eyes when their objects of affection are nearby. It's all fairly harmless and never amounts to anything solid, but older kids might notice the difference.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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