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.
Billy's subterranean world is a place devoid of adults and full of bizarre creatures and unpredictable situations. There's little reality to the nonsensical stories, but they're imaginative and humorous in ways kids will enjoy. Bathroom humor is common, including burps, snot, drool, and some scenes of characters in their underwear.
Positive Role Models
Billy Dilley and his friends are excitable, inventive, and optimistic, but they don't always make great decisions given their options. Even so, things generally work out for them, and everyone emerges from the scenarios unscathed.
Violence & Scariness
Some cartoon-style injuries (a man is shown with multiple arrows protruding from his back, for instance) and a few brief scares, but nothing serious.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer is a fast-paced animated series about three friends who discover an underground world inhabited by strange creatures and eccentric humans. It's imaginative and visually engaging, thanks to the animation style and colorful characters, but there's little substance to the bizarre plots. Expect some potty humor (body noises, nasal discharge, and drooling, for instance), a lot of dramatics from the female character especially, and some moments of mild peril. Billy's interest in science stands out in some of the stories, inspiring his inventions and creative problem-solving skills, but it's not going to teach kids much about the subjects.
Is It Any Good?
With adventure around every corner, this new world of Billy's appeals to kids' sense of imagination, even if it does so with more nonsense than anything else. The show is visually pleasing, boasts a talented voice cast, and is filled with nonstop action and laughs plus a fair dose of the bathroom humor that's such a hit with grade schoolers (if not so much their parents). What grown-ups will like are Billy's unfailing optimism and unwillingness to shirk a challenge of any size or shape.
Though only slightly prominent in the plot, Billy's fascination with science does cast a positive light on basic concepts such as inventing as they relate to the stories. There's no attempt to teach anything tangible or present Billy's creative problem-solving tactics in any realistic manner, but the fact that he's interested in designing machines and using science in other practical ways could be a positive influence on viewers.
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