Danger & Eggs
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Hilarious, inclusive buddy comedy will delight kids.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Approaches subjects such as the stigma of mental illness, gender roles, LGBTQ+ identity, and respecting other cultures. Goes as far as to explain what confirmation bias is in one episode.
Strong focus on being yourself and accepting differences in others. The importance of friendship is a central theme, and D.D. and Phillip's differences are shown to work well together and strengthen their bond. Teaches that rules and definitions are important, but that it's OK to question them sometimes to help them change and grow.
Positive Role Models
Phillip's preparedness saves D.D. from herself many times over, and some of his basic rules -- such as using the buddy system in unfamiliar situations -- are reminders for viewers to take their own safety in hand. But D.D. rarely self-checks for safety (hence the value of her best friend). That's because she's motivated by an inherent exuberance for life and adventure, which has its own merit but isn't something to be emulated in real life. The two may be very different, but they often learn from each other and consider their own behavior as a result. Both show kindness and acceptance toward others and often lift each other's spirits and those of characters around them.
Particularly inclusive; show was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Gender roles are challenged, particularly in an episode where a princess refuses to be saved by a prince. A character using "they" and "them" pronouns is also featured without their identity being made a focus. Episode about chosen family introduces additional LGBTQ+ characters, including transgender girl who sings at Pride; another character attends the festival with his two dads. Both D.D. and Phillip come from single-parent households -- one with a single mother and one a single father -- which represents different types of family units. While D.D. is White (and Phillip is an egg), many characters of diverse ethnic backgrounds hold positions of authority, including a Black female mayor, a Latino boy who is park sheriff, and a Black princess, as well as other Black, White, Latino, Asian, and multiracial characters. D.D. has asthma, is seen to use her inhaler and have an asthma attack in one episode, but her condition isn't portrayed as limiting. Older people don't appear as regularly, though in one episode the elders in the park are shown to have secret responsibilities that reveal them to be much more exciting than D.D. and Phillip expected, further challenging stereotypes.
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Violence & Scariness
D.D.'s zest for adventure often leads the pair into situations of mild peril, including a collapsing waterslide, being chased by mutant plants and animals, and speeding down hills in makeshift carts. D.D.'s father spends the entire series in casts, unable to speak after an accident; his friend also injures himself and is in casts.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Danger & Eggs is a vibrant animated series about two best friends who have all kinds of over-the-top adventures together. The show's shtick is that while one character seeks out wild experiences and daredevil stunts, her best friend shoulders the task of keeping her -- and those around them -- safe as the fun plays out. The contrast is laugh-out-loud hilarious at times and engaging enough that parents will enjoy watching with their kids. Most of the characters' experiences are highly unlikely in the real world (they ride a decrepit waterslide that's slated for demolition, for instance), but they always channel the mixed emotions that accompany trying something new. The show celebrates diversity and differences and has some great teachable (but lightly handled) moments about acceptance and change.
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Impressive writing and animation, but not at all appropriate for anyone younger than a middle schooler.
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What's the Story?
DANGER & EGGS is the story of unlikely best friends D.D. Danger (voiced by Aidy Bryant) -- a teal-haired adrenaline junkie who seeks out adventure -- and cautious, overly prepared, egg-shaped Phillip (Eric Knobel). When D.D. gets a notion to do something extraordinary, such as fashion a huge obstacle course in a public park, she's off and running, with Phillip a step behind, ready to help keep everyone safe.
Is It Any Good?
Kids will likely love this delightful buddy comedy and its polar-opposite main characters, whose vast personality discrepancies account for the majority of the laughs. Sure, there's plenty of fun in watching the absurd predicaments that D.D.'s impulsiveness gets them into, and the bold animation is a real asset to the show's appeal. But it's utterly hilarious to jump back and forth between fearless D.D. and Phillip of the inexhaustible safety precautions.
Another likable quality to Danger & Eggs is the characters' enthusiasm for living life to the fullest. Even with his inherent anxiety, Phillip doesn't shy away from any adventure that D.D. plans, and he usually winds up enjoying the experience, despite his initial uncertainty. The show really shines in its diverse representations, with characters of different ethnicities, genders, and sexualities treated with equal respect and acceptance. In Danger & Eggs, differences exist without clumsy explanation, which is a great way to help both adults and children see themselves represented on screen. Above all, the show is full of excitement and color and is a fun way to remind kids of the value of taking chances, making friends, and trying new things.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about whether they relate better to D.D. or to Phillip in Danger & Eggs. Do you embrace new adventures, or are you more of a worrier and planner? What are the benefits of either side of that coin? How do you strike a happy balance between the two?
Kids: To what degree are you and your friends similar in personality? Do you like the same activities? How do you find common ground?
Why do you think communication, teamwork, and curiosity are important character strengths? What are some examples from Danger & Eggs? In what ways do you show these qualities in your life?
How do the characters on screen compare to the people in your life? Do you see yourself or your friends and family represented?
- Premiere date: June 30, 2017
- Cast: Aidy Bryant, Eric Knobel
- Network: Amazon Prime Video
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship
- Character Strengths: Communication, Curiosity, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-G
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: August 1, 2022
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