Johnny Test

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Kid-friendly 'toon is more imaginative than most.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 37 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 108 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational value
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 & representations

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
Sexy stuff
Language

Some potty language.

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

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 w...
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...
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...
Kid, 10 years old February 4, 2011

Ok For Young Kids

There is some violences with weapons and rockets. Johnny's sisters want to marry Gil and Bling-Bling wants to go out on a date with Susan Test. They someti...

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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