Parents' Guide to

Danny Phantom

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Teen with phantom powers offers laughs, battles.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 7+
I love this nicktoon a lot. I like the action and visuals that’s about it. It’s a great show for kids.
age 2+

7 ft

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15):
Kids say (53):

This cartoon can be funny, and the characters are unique (though you have to wonder why Danny doesn't tell his parents about his secret -- they're experts in paranormal activity, after all). But, as is the case with so many contemporary cartoons, the rush to violence overshadows the good aspects of the series. Death threats, torture, knives, and violence against women are commonplace. There's no opportunity to work things out. Danny is either a coward or a hero -- there's no in between. He either fights or perishes, which is a heavy choice for a sensitive guy.

The Jekyll and Hyde aspect of Danny's personality is also disturbing; his eyes change color and his personality is more aggressive when he slips into his phantom persona. Ultimately, the show suffers for giving into the violent mainstream.

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