TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Quirky 'toon serves up silly fun and potty humor.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 31 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 82 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show is intended to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

The show isn't really out to convey any concrete lessons/messages. Potty humor is common and includes allusions to body odor and gas (in at least one scene, Chowder vomits up an entire grocery order still intact -- fruits, veggies, and blocks of cheese). Rather than using names, Mung Daal calls all female characters "woman," as in "Woman, I can't see through walls!"

Positive Role Models & Representations

As an apprentice, Chowder tries hard but often gets distracted from his work, causing multiple kitchen disasters. His mentor never seems to mind, but that also makes him seem unrealistically patient.

Violence & Scariness

Lots of goofy cartoon violence with no resulting injury: Chowder whacks Schnitzel on the head with a club, an anemone-like creature tries to suffocate a character, etc.

Sexy Stuff

Chowder is hounded by a young girl who claims to be his girlfriend and tries to hold his hand and, occasionally, kiss him.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although there's nothing that iffy about this somewhat bizarre cartoon, there's not much overtly positive content, either. The three flawed main characters are a flighty cooking apprentice who never suffers repercussions from his constant kitchen mishaps (which result from his own rash actions), a supportive but unrealistically patient mentor, and an under-appreciated employee whose reliability is often taken for granted. A one-sided love interest depicts a young girl as pleading and desperate for attention from her crush, goofy cartoon violence doesn't result in lasting injury, and potty humor includes references to body odors and scenes of vomiting.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byThecrust July 19, 2019


My childhood was during the golden age of Cartoon Network and chowder was a highlight of my Thursday nights. Sure it has some gross out humor but you can look p... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 and 6-year-old Written byrockinmom73 June 4, 2010

If you don't mind potty humor, it's hilarious!

I love this show. I think it's hilarious. I agree w/other reviewers--it's not educational at all, but sometimes it's OK to watch a show just for... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byYugiohIsKingOfGames November 7, 2020


I watched a few episodes today, and I have to say. This show is funny, it can be awfully nasty at times. There was one scene where a guy was licking a baby frog... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byThe Mysterious ... March 19, 2021

No...Just no....

It is kind of funny but, there is a lot os sex joke and nudity. The first few episodes were okay then it got really bad... I wouldn't recommend especially... Continue reading

What's the story?

CHOWDER follows the misadventures of a young chef's apprentice whose enthusiasm for his work can't overcome his obvious ineptitude for the job. A resident of the colorful and bizarre city of Marzipan, Chowder (voiced by Nicky Jones) is living out his dream, working under the watchful eye of master chef Mung Daal (Dwight Schultz) at his bustling catering company. It's Chowder's excitement that stands in the way of culinary success; he tends to get ahead of himself -- and Mung's instructions -- and often ends up cooking up more trouble than food. From accidentally poisoning a popular dish to leading himself and Mung into unfamiliar territory on a delivery run, there's no shortage of misadventure when young Chowder is around.

Is it any good?

While Chowder offers plenty of tween-friendly silliness in its fantastical setting, outlandish characters, and surreal scenarios, it's clear that it aims strictly to entertain, not educate. Kids might not notice that there's little of substance here, but parents certainly will. The characters are shallow, the situations are unlikely, and there's impossibly little consequence to Chowder's constantly sub-par job performance. Plus, one young female character has an obsessive crush, and there's occasionally icky potty humor (body odor, vomiting, and the like).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of doing a job well. Kids: What do you think of Chowder's performance in the kitchen? What often gets in the way of his doing a good job?

  • How does Chowder's mentor react when things get messed up? Does his reaction seem realistic?

  • Do any of the characters in this series act responsibly? Who are some of the most reliable people in your life? How does it feel to be able to rely on them?

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