Dennis and Gnasher

Common Sense Media says

Animated prankster stirs up trouble in fun U.K. kids' show.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Designed to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

Kids can be mischievous troublemakers, but that doesn’t mean they are all bad. Dennis loves to stir up chaos, but he’s also careful to watch out for his sister and has plenty of respect for his grandmother (who seems like something of a senior-citizen hellion herself).

Positive role models

It’s hard to see Dennis as a great role model in a show that focuses on his ability to devise one elaborate prank after another. Fun? Oh yes. But not necessarily someone parents will want their kids to emulate.

Violence & scariness

Some animated slapstick violence. Dennis is certainly a rascal who delights in mischief, but few of his pranks involve actual injuries or property damage.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated British series focus on the exploits of Dennis, a mischievous grade-school boy who specializes in stirring up trouble. Dennis, his faithful dog Gnasher and his pals come up with one impressive scheme after another, usually with only minimal property damage and little chance of injury. But he’s not a hooligan -- he just wants to have some fun, and it’s clear that he cares for his family, friends and, of course, his dog. It’s simple, entertaining cartoon fare for kids.

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What's the story?

Dennis is not exactly a model child. He and his dog Gnasher try to get the most fun possible out of every day, and if he has to bend a few rules in the process, so much the better. But don’t think of him as a troublemaker; he’s not looking to cause mayhem, though it sometimes seems like turmoil follows him around. And even though he doesn’t always heed his parents, he’s still, at heart, a sweet lad who obviously cares for his family, his pals, and of course his dog.

Is it any good?

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DENNIS AND GNASHER is not exactly ground-breaking -- a show for kids about a kid who likes to cause trouble and break rules. But it does seem like something of a departure from the current crop of animated series, which seem to involve plenty of explosions and heavy product tie-ins. This is simple, lighthearted fare, that’s completely missing a certain edge that’s so common today. Maybe it’s the British sensibility that makes the show feel different. Even though Dennis is a hellion, the show is still, at it’s core, sweet.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Dennis’ pranks. Do you think he ever goes too far? Do any of his exploits look like something you might like to emulate? Or, can you tell that this show is not meant to be seen as an example?

  • How do you think U.K. cartoons compare to animated series in the United States?

TV details

Network:Discovery Family Channel
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y7

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