Johnny Bravo

TV review by
KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media
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Clueless hunk is fun -- but edgy -- for kids.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 28 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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.

Sexy Stuff

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.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChuck Reid March 15, 2012

What?

Edgy for kids? Oh please! This show is OK for your child.The animation is nice and the jokes are HaHa funny!
Parent of a 1, 4, 8, 10, 13, 14, 14, and 17 year old Written byparentof7 February 26, 2015

bye johny bravo

you dandy guy bye
Kid, 9 years old April 15, 2011

Funny, Original cartoon fun for the family, but not for young kids.

Johnny Bravo has been around Cartoon Network since the late 90's and, no matter what, it's great.While CSM says its meant more for teens and adults, i... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byKinbJune February 28, 2011

Johnny Ha-Ha

I absolutely loved this show as a small child. It was one of those shows that made Cartoon Network's golden age of the 1990s and the first half of the firs... Continue reading

What's the story?

JOHNNY BRAVO parodies the antics of possibly the world's most narcissistic, clueless self-imagined babe-magnet ever. Johnny (voiced by Jeff Bennett) has the "brain of a gnat," and everything goes wrong for him, from becoming the victim of two clowns in a "who's funnier" contest to his ill-advised attempts at lion-taming.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Johnny's behavior. Kids: Do you think Johnny is supposed to be a good example/role model? If not, how can you tell? Why don't the girls that Johnny talks to want to go out with him? Families can also discuss the type of guy/character that Johnny is meant to be a parody of -- i.e., the guy who always gets the girl and probably knows it. You see guys like this everywhere on TV, but do they really exist? Why is it such a popular character type?

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