Bananas in Pyjamas

Common Sense Media says

Very mild conflicts in this cartoon suitable for young kids.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The residents of Cuddlestown are always ready to lend a hand in the name of friendship.

Positive role models

B1 and B2 are steadfast friends and compadres; Rat is somewhat naughty but usually learns his lesson by the end of each episode.

Violence & scariness

A character may fall off a chair while climbing, bump his bottom, and go "ouch!"

Sexy stuff
Not applicable

Characters occasionally use unkind words to describe things or each other: "That's the silliest idea I've ever heard!" or "You're lazy!"


The animated show has a live-action counterpart as well as a Bananas in Pyjamas movie and toys.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bananas in Pyjamas is the mildest type of cartoon, suitable for the youngest members of your family (but probably will be derided as "babyish" by kindergarteners and up). The conflicts on each episode are gentle ones, of interest to young children, and there are no villains, only one animal friend who can occasionally be naughty but always learns his lesson and apologizes for any harm done. There are no shocks or scares, and everyone in Cuddlestown is friends with everyone else. Characters occasionally use mildly disparaging language toward each other.

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What's the story?

In Cuddlestown, everyone loves everyone and the BANANAS IN PYJAMAS, talking identical-twin bananas, are surrounded by friends who love to go on adventures. B1, B2, their teddy bear friends, and the sometimes slightly naughty Rat go to the beach, search for gold in Cuddles Creek, get new pets, and search for their pals' missing pets in the animated series. Sometimes Rat does something silly, like the time when he fooled B1 and B2 into thinking their magic cabinet really made him disappear. But things have a way of going right for B1 and B2 and teaching Rat all the lessons he needs to learn.

Is it any good?


Bananas in Pyjamas is the kind of satisfying show that preschoolers will love, and parents will be relieved to let them watch, knowing they can grab a quick shower without worrying they'll see something awful. Despite the fact that there are no parents in evidence, any "problems" the bananas have are of the fun variety: B1 and B2 hope to move their beds closer to the refrigerator to make getting snacks easier, or they want to take home a fish from the ocean.

Rat may temporarily gum up the works by doing something sneaky, but everything is solved neatly and quickly, no feelings are hurt, and everyone's ready for a good snack and possibly a nap by episode's end.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about where Mother Banana and Father Banana are. How old do B1 and B2 seem to be, judging from the way they act? Why would they live at home alone at this age? Would you like to live alone in your house?

  • Many cartoons feature talking animals and other things that don't exist in real life. What other things happen in Bananas in Pyjamas that aren't real?

  • Is the character of Rat supposed to be scary? Funny? Are you supposed to like him? To act like him? To learn from him?

TV details

Cast:Dominic Wood, Richard McCourt
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Brothers and sisters
TV rating:TV-G

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Kid, 10 years old January 18, 2014

Bananas in pyjamas

This show is good but sometimes the bananas fall over and go, "ouch!"
Kid, 12 years old January 5, 2014


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