Crash & Bernstein

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Funny puppet comedy needs a reality check from parents.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 21 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

This show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

A mixed bag. On one hand, there are moments in which Wyatt and his family influence the impulsive Crash for the better, and there's a sweet relationship that develops between the boys. On the other, the characters are slightly typecast (a frazzled single mom, a ditzy blonde teen, etc.), and Wyatt usually succumbs to pressure from Crash to do things he knows he's not supposed to do, often with disastrous results. Bathroom humor like boogers and body odor is common.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Wyatt's mom is a single parent who's often stretched to her limits by the needs of her four kids, but she hangs in there and manages to help put out the fires they (especially Crash and Wyatt) start. Although their actions sometimes are misguided, Crash and Wyatt share a fun friendship that allows each one to rub off on the other in some positive ways.

Violence & Scariness

Physical humor and pratfalls, mostly involving Crash, but none amount to any injuries. Occasionally weapons like swords are part of the storyline, but not in a dangerous way.

Sexy Stuff
Language

No cursing, but the characters use phrases like "I'll get my butt kicked." There's also name-calling like "jerk" and "loser."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crash & Bernstein is a sitcom centering on the relationship between a 12-year-old boy and his new puppet surrogate brother with plenty of potty humor (boogers, body odor) and playground-style talk like "I'll get my butt kicked." The duo gets into a lot of scrapes, thanks to Crash's impulsivity, and the consequences they suffer are far less than what the real world would dole out. Wyatt's willingness to go along with his buddy's misguided plans encourages discussions about standing up to peer pressure and listening to your own conscience. On the plus side, the series centers on a strong family unit with a harried but devoted single mom, and both Crash and Wyatt have occasion to be positive influences on each other over the course of their relationship.

User Reviews

Parent of a 8 and 8 year old Written byjenmom23 February 12, 2013

Teaches bad lessons

My kids (8 yr olds) have been watching this for 2-3 episodes now and while I am not a huge fan of potty humor, I know there are far worse things. This seems cut... Continue reading
Parent of a 2 and 8 year old Written byAlamedaParent November 20, 2013

Violent, brash, and awful—run screaming

Even in Disney XD's bizarro world of broad, inappropriate comedy, gender, ethnic, and racial stereotypes, and sexualized pre-teen girls, this show is a st... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 31, 2013

Crash and Bernstein? 8+ Kinda Show.

I think it would be a good show for kids 8 and up. I believe this because in order to actually understand and it to be funny you have to know what they're... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 2, 2012

Violent for the age group

I saw a episode and its ok but its too violent for disneys xd s target age 6-9. Crash likes to break things,steal things,use his sword to cut things,and "... Continue reading

What's the story?

Wyatt Bernstein (Cole Jensen) is the lone boy among three sisters and their single mom, Mel (Mary Birdsong), and he longs for a brother to lean on when his household seems too girly. When his family takes him to Build-a-Bestie for his birthday, he creates the most masculine stuffed friend possible, and his greatest dream comes true when Crash (Tim Lagasse) comes to life and joins the family. Wyatt soon discovers that having a brother who's an impulsive, wise-guy puppet with big ideas and little sense of fear means that things can get even wilder than he ever imagined.

Is it any good?

CRASH & BERNSTEIN revives puppet comedy the likes of which we haven't seen since ALF crash landed in the Tanners' garage in the mid-'80s. Crash shakes up the Bernstein family in similar fashion, wreaking havoc on their sense of order and rattling Wyatt's routine in unexpected ways. The result isn't always happy, as the dynamic duo gets into a lot of sticky situations with Crash at the helm, but it's the kind of off-the-wall comedy that will appeal to kids, and boys especially.

This is one of those case-by-case shows that needs you to be mindful of your child's response to what he or she sees on TV. Since much of the show's laughs result from the characters' misbehavior, it's important that viewers understand the difference between fantasy and reality. If your son and his brother decide to remedy a lack of space in their bedroom by knocking down a wall, that will have more serious consequences than what they see Wyatt and Crash suffer from the same action. If your kids do watch, be sure you talk about how the characters' actions would be received in the real world instead of the TV universe.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about making good decisions. Why is it difficult to stand up to peers when they're doing something you know isn't right? Have you ever been in a situation like this? How did you handle it?

  • Kids: In what ways is Wyatt a good influence on Crash? Is the reverse true? What do they learn from each other? 

  • Does the fact that Crash is a puppet make this show funnier than it would be if he was a person? Is it easier to overlook his mistakes because of his nature? Why or why not? 

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