Grossology

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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The name says it all: Gross, goopy fun for kids.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The topics are pretty vile (the show's name says it all), but tweens will learn some interesting facts about science, health, the human body, and creepy creatures of all kinds. Subtle messages about teamwork and reliability accompany some storylines.

Violence & Scariness

Rather than weapons, villains use "biological" warfare like invasive mutant parasites or devices that alter bodily functions. Occasional scuffles or falls don't result in injury.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Just many versions of gross, body-oriented terminology.

Consumerism

Tweens may be inspired to read the multitudes of books in the Grossology series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this animated series -- based on a series of books by the same name -- centers on biological and health topics that most adults try to avoid like, well, the plague. The two main characters use their knowledge of science to battle vile villains whose weapons include mutant lice, slime molds, and collections of the world's foulest smells. Very little is sacred in the way of body-related issues, and functions like nasal drainage, ear wax, and, yes, even poop, are thoroughly dissected within the storyline. While it's likely to send parents scattering, kids (especially boys) will be captivated, and they'll learn a lot of fun facts about science along the way.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byshanny88 April 9, 2008

Super gross is super fun!

I know all my friends boys love this show, and that includes my 7 year old, but even my 5 year old daugther loves it too. It's funky and educational. We... Continue reading
Adult Written byMastermond November 14, 2011

It's a book too

Beyond a simple adaptation of the popular book of the same name, the show brings a well-paced sense of drama to an otherwise short 30-minute segment.
Teen, 13 years old Written bywhaleoh4060 March 25, 2011

It's ok

It's a show I watch sometimes to pass the time. Believe it or not it is very educational. One mention of "puberty"
Kid, 9 years old April 2, 2010

Grossology Is Awesome!

I love it! I watch it everyday! I also asked my teacher could we watch it in class and she said yes! It's fun! Educational! FUNNY! And I would like to say... Continue reading

What's the story?

Cartoon series GROSSOLOGY doesn't focus on the "boring" aspects of science and health like photosynthesis, symbiotic relationships, or the skeletal system -- instead, it tackles oh-so-pressing questions like "Why do we produce boogers?" "Why do lice thrive on human heads?" and, of course, "What's in the gas we pass?" Based on a series of books by Sylvia Branzei, Grossology centers on special agent siblings Ty (voiced by Michael Cohen) and Abby (Krystal Meadows), who work for a secret government agency called the Bureau of Grossology. Ty and Abby face off with villains like the pimple-headed Lance Boil (Juan Chioran) and pesky Insectiva (Lili Francks), whose devious planning -- mixed with their general filth -- make them the city's vilest threats. With scientific background gleaned from their associate, Lab Rat (M. Christian Heywood), Ty and Abby piece together clues to solve the mysterious afflictions that threaten their neighbors' survival. In one episode, for example, Abby and Ty crack a case involving thieves who use soundwave emitters to induce diarrhetic urges (yep, it's really possible) and buy time for their robberies.

Is it any good?

Be forewarned that little is "too gross" for Grossology, especially when it comes to bodily functions. Characters often talk about farts, boogers, and zits; one scene shows the inside view of a colon and intestine; and various bathroom noises (use your imagination) are clearly audible. Not surprisingly, such topics offer ample breeding ground for jokes as well -- as when a character looking at a stool sample remarks that the donor "doesn't chew his food that well." You probably won't find this one nearly as entertaining as your kids will, but rest assured that, while they're laughing, they'll be learning about science ... or at least it's yuckier side.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about science. Kids, what science topics are you interested in? How do scientists use their knowledge to improve people's lives? What scientific advances do you think are important? Parents can also discuss personal health. What are some of the ways you keep your body healthy? How do diet and exercise contribute to health? Viewers who've read the books can talk about the similarities and differences between them and the series.

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