Fanboy and Chum Chum

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Zany adventures are low on depth but high on imagination.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 37 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 166 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

This show's intent is to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

The kids’ sole goal is to enjoy life to the max. When problems arise, they devise outlandish plans (switching brains with a robot in order to pass a test, for example) rather than dealing with them in a realistic manner.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main characters often goof off in school. Chum Chum always follows Fanboy’s lead without question, even when his crazy ideas get them into a troubling situation. Adults are usually hard to come by, and those who are around aren’t particularly impressive models for the kids. A teacher is incapable of keeping order in his classroom, and the janitor is evil and vindictive toward the kids. All of this is played for humor, of course.

Violence & Scariness

The duo’s over-the-top adventures result in plenty of comic-style collisions and tumbles -- and occasionally laser guns or sabers are used -- but no one is ever hurt.

Sexy Stuff

Nothing sexy, but a young girl is infatuated with a male friend, whom she thinks is “adorable.”

Language

Intermittent use of marginal language like “butt.”  

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there’s little depth to this over-the-top show about two friends who fancy themselves superheroes, but their thrill-seeking adventures will appeal to young tweens with vivid imaginations of their own. Exaggerated, comic-style violence (mostly explosions, dramatic falls, and collisions) is a common result of the ridiculous scenarios the guys get themselves into, but none of it leads to lasting injury. Fanboy and Chum Chum are hardly strong role models for kids, as they spend most of their time -- even in school -- goofing off, and Chum Chum eagerly does Fanboy’s bidding without question. But for kids who can suspend their sense of reality, it’s a fun extension of the preteen set's wild imaginations.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byEdnaK November 10, 2010

Not Even Recommended For Senior Citizens

Fanboy and Chum Chum is, by far, the dumbest cartoon show on any cable or television network today. They do not convey positive role models for children; nor s... Continue reading
Parent of a 7, 7, 8, 11, and 14 year old Written byChrist-Lover April 24, 2011

Innocent but incredibly stupid.

There is anything very inapropiate about this show, but it is very stupid and gross. Something about the animation makes me want to throw up. I sure hope noone... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byAddictedtoComputers July 14, 2013

This is actually not bad.

OK, before I start my review, respect my opinion and i'll respect yours. If you disrespect my opinion, i'll disrespect yours. REVIEW STARTS HERE: Fanb... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 12, 2010

Not recommended if you want your children to act maturely.

Quite an annoying show. It's on too much and is a perfect way to ruin a perfectly good Saturday. The theme song is annoying and the role models are horribl... Continue reading

What's the story?

FANBOY AND CHUM CHUM follows the over-the-top adventures of best friends -- and self-described superheroes -- Fanboy (voiced by David Hornsby) and his trusty sidekick, Chum Chum (Nika Futterman). Although their green-and-purple supersuits belie any real powers, this comic book-loving, thrill-seeking duo sees each day as an opportunity to experience life to the maximum, whether that means swapping noses for school picture day or trying to teach the class pig the finer points of martial arts. When they’re not hanging out at the local comics shop or cooking up their latest off-the-wall scheme, the guys can often be found at the Frosty Mart, chugging Frosty Freezies to induce the world’s worst brain freeze.

Is it any good?

If you're looking for deep content and lasting lessons, then this show isn’t for you -- or for your kids. Precious little of it can be applied to reality, especially when it comes to Fanboy and Chum Chum’s experiences at school, where they enjoy nearly free rein to goof off and hardly put effort into their work. Even the nature of their friendship may be troubling to some parents, since Fanboy’s control over his pal’s actions sometimes verges on bullying.

But there's no doubt that it's entertaining. So if your young tweens can check their sense of reality at the door, this silly show offers a fun depiction of the wild imagination that they probably share with the main characters. For younger kids, though, the blurry line between fiction and realistic lifestyles may be a little confusing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about bullying. Why is bullying a problem? Do you think the way Fanboy treats Chum Chum could be seen as bullying? Why or why not?

  • Do you think violence on TV is a problem? How does the type of violence -- fantasy vs. realistic -- affect its impact on viewers?

  • Who are some of your own heroes? Why do you look up to them? Do you admire any celebrities (actors, sports figures, etc.)? If so, who, and why?

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