A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Johnny's ridiculous pick-up lines never get him the girl. In fact, the girl often turns on him, pours a drink down his pants, chainsaws a tree so that it falls on his head, etc. -- satisfying, but not necessarily behavior to strive for.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon violence that's clearly meant to be parody/funny. Johnny is eaten by a lion, attacked by a clown with a machine gun that shoots pies, etc. Oh, and he decks Santa Claus.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
It's all about innuendo -- Johnny's mission is to get the babes, but why he wants them is never mentioned. The "babes" are often shapely and bikini-clad.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although the show's humor is aimed at teens and even adults, it's entertaining for elementary-age kids, too (just don't expect them to learn much). Much of the humor centers around Johnny's offensive, clueless pick-up lines and his complete refusal to learn anything from how people react to his behavior, but he's rarely unkind, and those lame pick-up lines lead to increasingly funny responses. Kids will enjoy the pratfall humor and Johnny's steadfast narcissism in the face of failure.
Is It Any Good?
Johnny Bravo is one of the Cartoon Network's original series, and -- like Dexter's Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls -- it's really meant for teenage and young adult viewing. That said, school-aged kids will still find it funny. The pratfalls and cartoon gags are unusual and clever, the animation is well done, and Johnny's determined pursuit of what he calls "babes" gets laughs even from kids who don't get it because the results are pretty much inevitably disastrous. (And mildly empowering for girls, although the "babes" tend toward the nameless and generic).
Probably because no matter how convinced he is of his own greatness, Johnny remains kind and generally good-hearted, he's appealing to viewers of all ages. Kids will also enjoy the show's frequent inclusion of appearances by characters from Scooby Doo and other classic cartoons.
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