A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that El Chavo is a popular Mexican animated series geared towards kids, but features humor that may be unfamiliar or considered unacceptable according to some English-speaking audiences, including some sexism, and conversations about bribery and homelessness. There’s some fantasy violence (including guns, punches, injuries), yelling, some flirtatious innuendo, and words like “stupid.”
What's the story?
Based on the popular Mexican live-action slapstick comedy, El Chavo del Ocho, EL CHAVO is a cartoon show featuring Chavo, a young and often misunderstood boy who has lots of adventures in his small neighborhood. He is joined by his quirky friends, including the rather spoiled Junior, the mean-spirited Quico, and Phoebe and Patty, who always seem to have a crush on him. When they are not in school driving their teacher, Professor Girafalde, crazy, they manage to wreak havoc in the life of their lazy neighbor Raymond. They also have frequent run-ins with the moody landlord, Mr. Beliarge, Manny the mailman, and Miss Pinster, who is known as the Witch of 71. Adding to the fun is the romance between their teacher and a lady in curlers named Mrs. Worthmore. There’s never a dull moment in the tight-knit community, which means that every day has some sort of excitement to offer.
Is it any good?
This animated series is geared towards children, but those unfamiliar with the original live-action series may be surprised by some of the bathroom humor, innuendo, fat jokes, and slapstick featured here, all of which is generally more culturally acceptable in Latin America.
If you’re looking for a series that offers obvious teachable moments, you won’t find much of it here. But it does send an overall strong message about the importance of community, and enjoying life even if you don’t have a lot of money. It won’t appeal to everyone, but it makes for some nostalgic watching for those who consider the classic series a part of their popular culture.