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Johnny Test



Kid-friendly 'toon is more imaginative than most.

What parents need to know

Educational value
Not applicable
Positive messages

The show isn't out to teach any specific positive messages, though you could argue that it promotes curiosity and an interest in science. Johnny's sisters' penchant for testing their ideas on their brother could give older siblings iffy ideas about how to treat younger ones.

Positive role models

Johnny's twin sisters are geniuses (a good thing for female characters), but they put their smarts to use by experimenting on their brother without their parents' knowledge (less of a good thing...).

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable

Some potty language.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Johnny's sisters experiment on their younger brother without their parents' knowledge, which might give some older siblings mischievous ideas. There's also some potty language and cartoony physical humor.

What's the story?

Johnny Test (voiced by James Arnold Taylor) is an 11-year-old kid who likes to play air guitar and wants to impress his friends. Everything seems pretty normal ... until his sisters begin to experiment on him with the vengeance of amateur mad scientists. With Mary and Susan's help, Johnny gets powers such as the ability to travel through time or gain supernatural intelligence when he dons a pair of pants. Other experiments have silly side-effects like hairstyles that change in the blink of an eye.

Is it any good?


Surprisingly inventive and not as violent as other cartoons in this genre, JOHNNY TEST is an age-appropriate choice for kids. The only thing worth mentioning: All the experiments Johnny undergoes are unattended by adults, which allows all types of zany plots to unfold. But as long as he's in one piece by dinner time, Johnny is free to be experimented upon every day.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Johnny's parents' role reversal. Hugh is a stay-at-home dad, while Lila is an extremely busy working mom. How do real families cope with sharing roles? How have these roles changed over the years?

  • Which of Johnny's powers would you most want to have? Would you be willing to go through a dangerous experiment to get a special ability?

TV details

Premiere date:September 17, 2005
Cast:James Arnold Taylor, Louis Chirillo, Maryke Hendrikse
Networks:Cartoon Network, WB
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Book characters
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent of a 4, 7, 9, 11, 11, and 12 year old Written byPickles77 January 15, 2013

Johney Test is NOT suitable for anyone

I was watching an episode the other day for the first time and I was appauled by the message it is sending to our kids. This episode showed Johney wanting to watch movies with bad language in it, a pg 13 movie. His parents said he was not old enough. But he felt otherwise since he does chores in the home and so in rebellion he ran away from home. The police catch up to him and tell him they cannot punish him for running away and they then take him home and actually convince the parents instead that they should allow him to watch movies with 'bad words' or else he may end up as a run away lost forever. The parents then cave to these emotionally manipulative threats and let the child have his way. So basically it just told my kids hey...if you don't get your way, run away, there will be no consequences and your parents should give you what you want in order to stop you from acting out and the law will be on your side when you act like this. Really? I am disgusted! It's no wonder we have a world of disrespectful mouthy children shooting people and acting out and thinking nothing can happen to them. The moral decay of our country is sad. I plan to protest this cartoon as well as other shows like iCarly and such for their constant showing of teenagers kissing and making out and being totally disrespectful to adults. If anyone else agrees please contact me.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Adult Written byccmccoy April 9, 2008

Not very imaginative

This is just the same nonsense cartoon just different characters with more potty language. I don't know why so many cartoons have to use such bad language. There has to be better writers with better imaginations out there somewhere!
Kid, 9 years old March 21, 2011

Lazy animation and dumb stories not the signs of a good show.

Johnny test, is a plain, normal, show which is just ugly.All I can say is that they should take the ''Test'' out of Johnny Test and replace the ''Test'' with ''Bravo'' (basically saying they should play Johnny Bravo.).All kinds of cheesy violence and phrases everywhere such as ''Darn It!'' plus potty launguage.There is some mild violenxe, but it's not a big threat.This should be popular with grade-schoolers but it's not good at all which makes it... Crappy, in one word.More for boys than family, good at some parts, but be warned, most parts are lame.Right after you watch, decide if you like this show or not.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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