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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Adventure Time alum's uneven show has quirky appeal.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

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age 8+

Based on 40 parent reviews

age 5+

This cartoon is genius.

My kids are 5 and 8, both love Clarence, as do I ( their dad). On the face of it, it’s silly and a bit vulgar at times but over time you’ll grow to love the characters and genuinely like them. It’s hilarious with brilliant songwriting, nostalgic for adults who grew up in 80s/90s.

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age 8+

Great Cartoon

This show is great. It may not portray the best role models, but it portrays reality on a child's eyes. Many of the things the characters do in the show many kids did when I was growing up, the town they live in isn't clean and perfect like many cartoons have but there's litter and other realistic details, none of the characters are perfect and they have have obvious flaws (Clarence's is blissful ignorance which allows him to reach out and try to connect with even the most flawed of characters). Looking at it from the view of a psychologist I would say some characters could be meant to represent certain mental disabilities such as OCD, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, ADHD, etc.. this show teaches children what is normal about the real world other cartoons don't teach kids (gay parents, children who act different, a not so perfect world that is still enjoyable if seen through positive eyes). I give this cartoon an A+ in connecting with its viewers but it might not be good for younger children to watch who are very impressionable.

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Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (40 ):
Kids say (115 ):

Adventure Time fans will want to check out Clarence, creator Skyler Page's follow-up project that's bound to please many with a similar design style and caliber of humor. The bizarre characters are oddly likable, and their various afflictions will appeal to kids' fondness for the absurd. What's more, it's even possible to find some decent substance in Clarence's unwavering optimism, which sees him through friendship troubles and contentious dealings with other peers.

But the overall result is a little uneven. Clarence's content isn't quite as edgy as Adventure Time's, but, in appealing to a slightly younger crowd, it still poses some questionable issues for kids. A rough-looking live-in boyfriend in Clarence's house might raise some queries from your kids, for one, and, because the show subtly mocks a number of unusual physical characteristics -- such as the main character's speech impediment and excessive weight -- it's important that your kids understand the difference between laughing with someone and laughing at him.

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