Dude, What Would Happen

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Teens' wacky experiments are fun for curious tweens.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 38 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

There’s little educational quality to the guys’ experiments, but the show might inspire tweens and teens to think critically about the world and devise their own tests -- on a smaller scale, that is.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The teens appear to fly solo for much of the experimentation phase, which isn’t likely considering the danger involved in much of the equipment they use. Unnamed adult assistants (dubbed "Lab Dudes") do lend a hand when there’s something to construct. The three-person team is multicultural, and all have an equal hand in creating and executing each experiment.

Violence

Many of the team’s stunts involve some level of danger, like soaring through the sky strapped to helium balloons or firing flame throwers at a camper filled with popcorn kernels. But they take plenty of safety precautions, and no one is ever injured.

Sex

The teens sometimes chat about "finding chicks." In one segment, a sumo wrestler’s buttocks are visible around his traditional garb.

Language

Multiple uses of "Oh, my God!"

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this series misses a great opportunity to demonstrate some of the practical applications of science, it will still get viewers’ gears turning about the way things work. The teens on the show sometimes use potentially dangerous tools like flame throwers in their experiments, but the environment is always safe, and they take precautions against injury. Content-wise, the show is age-appropriate for its intended tween audience, though parents may want to follow up with some cautionary words against trying similar experiments at home.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 14, 2012

Live action? This is CARTOON Network!

This show is just plain HORRIBLE! The voice acting and jokes are terrible! Also,why is this garbage on Cartoon Network? It's a network for CARTOONS! Stuart... Continue reading
Adult Written byddwarf October 26, 2011

worthless show

honestly, I see more cartoons with sense then this show. Its completely idiotic with no educational quality's just 3 actors (poor actors) trying to do wort... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byThe Emoji Movie... June 4, 2020

Ben Bocquelet's experiment is just a failure

Ben Bocquelet is such a great writer. He created The Amazing World of Gumball. He also created this and Destroy Build Destroy. This is bad because it is very cr... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 30, 2017

Hey... That's pretty good!

They use weird props that nobody in real life has. They are educational and teach science.

What's the story?

What do you get when you give three teens carte blanche to discover the answers to their wildest questions? Answer: The high-energy adventure of DUDE, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN, which stars friends CJ Manigo, Ali Sepasyar, and Jackson Rogow as the curious minds behind some of the zaniest experiments around. Whether it’s testing the lift capacity of hundreds of helium balloons or designing the world’s first mobile hot tub, there’s no distance these guys won’t go to satisfy their own curiosity.

Is it any good?

Although there’s little intrinsic educational quality to this mostly fluffy series, it is a fun option for tweens who are curious about how things work. The guys’ off-the-wall ideas are sure to get viewers’ own minds turning over questions they might have, and with a little parental assistance, some of those ideas could present some fun learning opportunities.

As far as content goes, there’s nothing inappropriate for tweens, but younger kids might be misled by the guys’ apparent lack of supervision and unlimited access to supplies and tools. Do be sure to remind viewers of all ages that although they may not see it, the teens are under adult supervision and that their experiments do carry some risk of danger (so kids shouldn't try their own tests at home!).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about science. How do we use science in our everyday lives? What scientific questions do you have that you’d like to test? How would you go about it?

  • What steps do you take to make sure you’re safe at school, at home, and when you’re in public? What rules does your family have about TV and Internet use to ensure that you’re safe?

  • How does the media keep us informed about events around us? How do you get your news? Do you think the media has a responsibility to provide quality content to families and kids?

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