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Inch High Private Eye



Mostly bland cartoon with some '70s kitsch appeal.

What parents need to know

Educational value

No educational messages.

Positive messages

The underlying premise is that crime is bad, though this is far from a message show.

Positive role models

The main character fights crime with help from others, though the characters sometimes lie or trick others in the process.

Violence & scariness

There are several pratfalls, both for laughs and in the catching of the bad guys, but overall, pretty mild stuff. Even the bad guys don't hit anyone.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable

Some mild name calling, like "silly face."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated cartoon from the 1970s includes some slapstick humor, mostly people falling over each other or things falling on people, but no guns or violence. The main female character is pretty smart, but her gadgets are all based on make-up, such as a powder compact phone. One character is shallow and often angry, and other characters poke fun at him, which might confuse young viewers.

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What's the story?

Inch High is literally that -- an inch-tall man who also happens to be a detective. He's aided by his niece, a hulking young man, and a cowardly St. Bernard in hunting down wacky criminals. The characters get mixed up in silly situations with mild criminals and engage in plenty of pratfalls and silly gags.

Is it any good?


This show has shades of Scooby Doo and the original Get Smart, but doesn't rise to the same level. It's mindless entertainment without any major problems -- but with so much decent television out there, it's hard to imagine spending much time on mediocrity like this. The best part about the show is that it's not terribly violent or terribly sexist (given the era it's from). There are vague attempts at wit, for example Inch High works for the Finkerton Detective Agency, a play on words that only works if you've heard of the legendary Pinkerton Detective Agency.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the place mindless entertainment has in the family. Is there anything educational in this show? Should there be? Why do we watch shows like this?

  • This is a cartoon from the 1970s, when attitudes about women were changing dramatically. Parents can talk to kids about how gender differences are perceived now and how things have changed in their lifetimes. What messages in this show are holdovers from the '70s and which still reflects current attitudes?

TV details

Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-G

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