Parents' Guide to

Fred: The Show

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

More of the same absurdity from obnoxious YouTube star.

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 18+

age 9+

This is the most abysmal sitcom

When I watch YouTube someone reminded me about this show's existence . What on 2018 Earth were you thinking Nickelodeon. Why did you green lit this trash even the 3 movies were Awful .

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (40 ):

Fred keeps young fans in stitches with his bizarre, off-the-wall personality and clear disregard for reality. For kids, the journey into Fred's life is a departure from their own, which, in itself, isn't a bad thing. Trouble arises when he crosses the line between silly frivolity and over-the-top obnoxious behavior, and that's just what happens from the moment Fred: The Show starts. Everything about his character will grate on parents' nerves, from his whiny voice to his extreme disrespect for his mom (and hers for him).

There's no denying that Cruikshank has talent. Anyone who can recycle the same ridiculous material into two movies and a TV show is born to be an actor. But it's shocking that a series aimed at kids would forego the chance to include at least a few positive messages in its content. Fred: The Show is the antithesis of responsible entertainment, touching on timely issues like bullying -- both in the traditional sense and the more modern cyber version -- and peer pressure, and using them as humor points rather than exploring them in a relatable sense. Pseudo-cursing, a contrived home situation, and general absurdity make this a less-than-great choice for kids' attention, not to mention the fact that the star is just plain irritating. The good news? At 30 minutes long, these episodes minimize your kids' (and your) exposure to the nonsense far better than the earlier movies did.

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