A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Friendship, teamwork, loyalty, problem-solving, and growing up all themes.
Positive Role Models
They aren't perfect, but teens are good friends and loyal to each other.
Violence & Scariness
Violence includes high stakes conflicts like arson, kidnappings, and bombings, with the main kid characters being the ones tasked with confrontation. There are also arguments, occasional mean looks or growls, and chases. Mysteries include petty thefts, computer hackings, and other mischievous deeds.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teen crushes, boyfriends, online dating discussed. A main character's has a crush on their teacher and there are multiple gags teasing a kiss between them.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the detective-themed animated series Four and a Half Friends highlights friendship, teamwork, and problem-solving. Sometimes the junior sleuths take clue hunting too far (like pulling a smoke alarm), but there are negative consequences as a result. There are also some discussions about romantic crushes, boyfriends, and adult online dating. There's also violence and negative behaviors that mar the positive parts of the show. These include high stakes conflicts like arson, kidnappings, and bombings, with the main kid characters being the ones tasked with confrontation. A main character's has a crush on their teacher and there are multiple gags teasing a kiss between them.
Is It Any Good?
This fun series shows how ordinary kids can experience extraordinary things when they come together as a team. Each episode is told from a different character's point of view, which offers more insight into their lives and personal struggles. Furthermore, every case the group successfully solves reveals moments of personal growth and awareness.
Many of the show's themes, which range from fearing a strict teacher to being poor and ashamed of your home, reflect interests, insecurities, and concerns that kids everywhere may have while growing up. These are dealt with in positive, relatable ways. But Four and a Half Friends also has some interesting plot twists, and lots of humorous moments, which makes it very entertaining.
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