Earth to Ned

TV review by
Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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Quirky alien puppet talk show explores pop culture.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Episodes do teach a little about movie and television production, but it's not emphasized. 

Positive Messages

Ned is very confident and okay with trying something new, but this lesson is not reinforced in a way that will help young kids learn it easily.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Fairly diverse set of human guests on the show, but we don't get to know much about them.

Violence & Scariness

No physical violence, but some simple expressions of mistrust and dislike are expressed between characters. Ned also mentions that he has destroyed other planets in the past, and that his original aim was to destroy Earth before he fell in love with its celebrities.

Sexy Stuff

Some innuendo likely to go over kids' heads, like a the AI avatar BETI saying "I don't have any children, that I know about."

Language

Mild potty language like "toots" and "poop." Also, characters get into mild arguments and express mild dislike towards each other.

Consumerism

Not as overt as typical talk shows where guests plug their latest work in the interviews, but several Disney brands like Star Wars and High School Musical are mentioned by name.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Earth to Ned is a semi-scripted celebrity talk show hosted by an alien puppet. There's no physical violence, but some simple expressions of mistrust and dislike are expressed between characters. There's also some innuendo likely to go over kids' heads, and mild potty language like "poop" and "toots." While it's not as overt as typical talk shows where guests plug their latest work in the interviews, several Disney brands like Star Wars and High School Musical are mentioned by name.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDadTimothy September 16, 2020

Better than most stuff...

A great show with just enough entertainment for kids, while showing up with enough laughs for adults. My daughter and I loved it. Pure fun. The common sense rev... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySpiderkid12 January 17, 2021

Funny, not a lot your kids will understand

Very funny, however a lot of the humor deals with adult topics oh, nothing inappropriate, just your kids will not understand it. Preteens and up will love it ho... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMr. Review Guy September 19, 2020

Fun, but somewhat repetitive show has aliens learning about life on Earth.

Earth to Ned is a pretty good show. The first 10 episodes of the show are really good, but I felt like after those episodes, the show started to run out of idea... Continue reading

What's the story?

EARTH TO NED is The Jim Henson Company's latest puppet show to enter the universe. Alien Ned's plan to destroy Earth was foiled when he fell in love with Earth's pop culture and decided he couldn't bear to blow it up. Instead, he decides to host a talk show so he can interview celebrities and learn more about human culture. In every episode of Earth to Ned, Ned (a muppet voiced by Paul Rugg) interviews two celebrities. Any late night show wouldn't be complete without a sidekick, and his sidekick Cornelius (voiced by Michael Oosterom) travels outside of the talk show set to interview humans out in the world. His show band The CLODS and the spaceship's animated AI humanoid B.E.T.I. round out the ensemble. Ned is clueless about basic things like how to have polite conversations with guests or how to host a late night show, but his human guests are trying to help him learn more about life on Earth.

Is it any good?

Like other Henson Company shows, the puppets are fantastic and technologically impressive, but unfortunately, the actual content of this show falls a bit flat for kids and adults alike. While the show is appropriate for whole-family viewing, much of this show's humor will go over kids' heads. The comedy is awkward, so it may not be for everyone. Also, many of the jokes poke fun of late night talk shows and the entertainment industry, and so the content involves a lot of industry navel-gazing. It's not true of every guest Ned interviews, but many segments feel like a thinly disguised promotional vehicle for Disney-related properties. Kids may enjoy watching the zany puppets in Earth to Ned, and some of the celebrity guests will be interesting to kids into pop culture. But overall, this isn't a show most kids will want at the top of their streaming queue.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Talk to your kids about something that Ned gets wrong in Earth to Ned. Why do you think he doesn't understand life on Earth?

  • How does Ned treat Cornelius? What are some ways you think Ned could be nicer to Cornelius?

  • Ned is learning how to be a talk show host. What are some other talk shows you've seen? How is this one the same? How is it different?

TV details

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For kids who love puppets

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