Parents' Guide to

Bunsen Is a Beast

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Themes of inclusiveness often upstaged by beastly behavior.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 2+

You troll i make it right

Everyone says it's 18+, but it's rated y7, and i honestly think it is for any age

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 8+

Okay show.

This show is not the best. Not terrible, but could be better.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (10):

This show's messages about inclusiveness are obvious from the start, and the improbable friendship between human and beast underscores the importance of looking past physical appearance. Unfortunately, though, Bunsen's utterly beastly -- if not entirely purposeful -- behavior makes it increasingly difficult to root for his success in winning over his human counterparts and causes thoughtful viewers to wonder if this exercise in "commingling" is really worth the effort. As TV misfits go, quirkiness and naïveté are endearing characteristics that always manage to get the audience on your side, but Bunsen gets tiresome in record time. Kids will find the hyperbolic comedy entertaining, but it will wear on parents' nerves.

What's more, while Bunsen Is a Beast is visually engaging on the eyes, it's downright hard on the ears. Bunsen has two volumes -- loud and extremely loud -- and his body's many unusual functions (eyes that extend outward, numerous arms that appear and disappear, a head that propels objects from its top) are accompanied by all kinds of sound effects. The bottom line? This series has an admirable premise that's illustrated by a surprising friendship, but the show's more irritating elements can overshadow its better points.

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