Parents' Guide to

Dexter's Laboratory

By Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Dexter and pals use science to set iffy examples.

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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 2+

Dexter Lab Is to scaring

age 6+

6+ is fine

I did my research, but one episode was in fact rated TV-14; ironically, most of the swearing was bleeped (honestly it really should have been TV-PG). Which is cool because most episodes are rated TV-G, and some are TV-PG. There is some innuendo, but no worse than what's on SpongeBob, Rocko's Modern Life, or especially Ren and Stimpy.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (52 ):

There's plenty of cartoon violence here. In one episode, for example, Dexter and his friends play an interactive game that features Robin Hood look-alikes and magicians who battle dragons with swords and bows. As if gruesome stabs weren't enough, at one point a dragon's arm is sliced off, and after a few seconds he turns into a piñata with candy pouring out of his body. The story twist might be clever, but the endless displays of mocking violence are almost shocking

Plus, Dexter's parents are nowhere to be seen, mimicking '50s TV moms and dads in their complete denial of their kids' problematic behavior. Most Their obliviousness sends a confusing message -- are they really clueless, or are they too lazy to invest the proper time and care necessary to raise their kids? (On a positive note, Dexter and his sister do stick by their parents when necessary.) Bottom line? When watching Dexter's Laboratory, expect shrill, piercing voices accompanied by temper tantrums, violence, name calling, and overall disrespect. Kids might enjoy this three-ring circus of a show, but a headache is the only thing a parent will walk away with. If Dexter's Laboratory was synthesized in the cartoon lab, its formula would be 1/10 funny and three parts obnoxious.

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