Parents' Guide to

Inspector Gadget

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Bumbling bionic detective offers worry-free laughs for kids.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 2+

Good for Scavenger Hunts

Very good for those on scavenger hunts. Those who watch it should message bley.junkie "Pineapples" on instagram for the next step.
age 13+

If you like scary evil cackles

I loved this show as a child, so I was in for a shock when I tried to watch it with my kids. We watched several episodes. Half of the show is simply frivolous. I can accept that. However, the other half is filled with a loud, devil-voiced villain with a cackle that would give me nightmares. Aside from that, I was horrified by some of Gadget's "safety tips" at the end of the episode. In one of them he tells children that they should read the entire safety manual when they are in an airplane, so that they are safe in case of a crash. Really??? Thanks for making my kids scared of airplanes.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (9 ):

This classic ‘80s cartoon is a fun change of pace from the violence-ridden hero types that gained popularity in the ‘90s and beyond. The closest thing that Gadget has to a weapon is a snow-blowing finger, and what mishaps do occur (and there are plenty when this goofy protagonist is around) are plenty comical and hard to construe as reality. Even better, it's obvious to everyone except Gadget that the real hero is bright, tech-savvy Penny, who, despite her youth, always manages to save the day with her quick thinking but allows her uncle to bask in the limelight.



Gadget's array of bionic tools and stretchy limbs will capture kids' imaginations, and it's just plain fun to see how he gets out of the many scrapes in which he finds himself. Inspector Gadget is a worry-free option for kids, made even more appealing by the fact that each episode wraps up with a message about safety and responsibility that relates to the story and is directed at the viewers themselves.

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