Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Imaginative premise, but may conflict little ones.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 84 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show's primary intent is to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

The imaginary friends usually get along, but rebellious behavior is encouraged.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters don't shy away from breaking the rules when it suits them/their purposes, and they frequently get frustrated with each other. That said, the friends are usually there for each other when it counts.

Violence & Scariness

Extreme anger and threats are common, but no physical fights.

Sexy Stuff
Some very subtle innuendo (mostly in the form of verbal references)
Language

Potty terms/humor and under-the-radar sexual references.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that young kids may not understand the difference between real and imaginary in this series. Potty humor and under-the-radar sexual references ("A bust this big needs ample support," in regards to a bust statue, for instance) crop up, and the main characters often yell and shout in frustration and are prone to breaking the rules.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byxMadxScientistx February 19, 2009

The "is it any good" review for this show is ridiculous.

This is frankly the most clever show that has been on Cartoon Network in a long time. I'm disappointed by the low expectations put forward by the reviewer... Continue reading
Adult Written byYeeto June 3, 2019

Very gud anfd educutionalley muuch mice

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Kid, 12 years old May 20, 2014

I hate you CSM

This is one of the best shows I have ever seen. You seriously have to be blind to joy to hate this. I hate you CSM and I bet you will keep making terrible revie... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byBlue-Bunny January 3, 2011

BEST SHOW!!!

Just when I thought CommonSense couldn't lose any more of their "common sense", they give Foster's two stars and Fanboy & Chum Chum... Continue reading

What's the story?

FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS is just what old Mrs. Foster has turned her mansion into. When imaginary friends are cast aside by frustrated parents, they end up in this safe-house, where they can be visited by their "creator." This is a relief to young Mac, who visits his old pal Blooregard Q. Kazoo. Bloo was sent away by Mac's mom, who thought he was too old for an imaginary friend. But to Mac's delight, he makes fast friends with the eclectic bunch of monsters at Foster's Home and an escape from his scary older brother.

Is it any good?

The imaginary friends are an interesting and diverse bunch of characters, but they run around in a pack and contribute very little to the plot. The premise is sweet, but the content is nothing more than rough-and-tumble boys' games. Instead of following an imaginative storyline, the main characters yell and shout in frustration, buck the rules, and wrangle the innocent and vulnerable. It's hard not to wonder whether the creator dropped out of the project altogether, leaving it in the hands of less-capable writers. This series isn't meant for younger children, since it has confusing messages. Young kids may not understand what's real and what's imaginary.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about imaginary friends. Why do so many kids have them?

  • Kids: If you could create an imaginary friend, what would he/she look like? What kinds of things would he/she do?

  • What are the benefits/disadvantages of having an imaginary buddy?

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