Courage the Cowardly Dog is a cartoon that became a legend- the collection of three immortal characters and their world of horror that traumatized a generation. I owe many of my childhood's most sleepless weeks to this lovely creature. And while I am normally a great advocate for leniency in the media - how is a kid ever going to grow strong without pushing his stomach? - this is where I draw the line. There are episodes of this show that are genuinely scary, to any age person. Visual frights occur mostly in the episodes that use CGI and claymation to pop up surprises (the sudden change in style makes monsters look unnatural and really scary)- stuff like "House of Discontent" and "King Ramses' Curse"... The concept-heavy episodes are more along the lines of "The Great Fusilli" and "Freaky Fred". Then, of course, there are the episodes that employ every aspect of successful horror (the petrifying premire episode "A Night at the Katz Motel" comes to mind, with a blantent nod to "Psycho" and a villian that still gives me shivers). Thematically, make sure your kids understand that Courage is the good guy, and Eustice is bad- though they'll probably gather as much by themselves. Courage, himself, is kindly and - despite his "cowardly" reputation - quite brave. His intentions are clearly good. Courage goes to any lengths necessary to protect his dearest Muriel; I find this admirable. And the true horror of his perils make this theme stand out more, I think- kids see that the world really IS scary, but that sometimes we have to face our fear, no matter how true and total it is, in order to protect people we love. I think if you can find the right examples of it, this show is worthwhile, because it teaches a very positive lesson. It's heart is in the right place; it's simply too intense for some kids. Be sure to watch, or at least look up, every episode before you share it with the family.