A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There’s lots of experimenting, and the stories are creative, but the focus is more on entertaining than providing teachable moments.
Science, invention, and experimentation are themes. Family is also central to the show.
Positive Role Models
Johnny frequently gets into trouble when dealing with Susan and Mary’s inventions. Meanwhile, they frequently use Johnny as a guinea pig for their experiments. But when in trouble, they work together against some of the trouble makers in their circle. Only a few secondary characters are non-White or ethnically diverse.
Violence & Scariness
There’s some fantasy violence, including blasting and throwing bombs in a video game, explosions, crash landings, kidnappings, etc., but no one gets physically or permanently hurt. Science experiments are conducted without any adult supervision, and usually without parental knowledge.
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Words like "darn" and "crud" are frequently used. There’s also some bathroom humor (farting).
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Products & Purchases
The Johnny Test franchise includes books and apps based on the series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Johnny Test reboot offers the same high-energy, science-based adventures the original series is known for. It's not your classic educational series, as science experiments are conducted without parental knowledge or supervision, often at the expense of the main character. There's also lots of fantasy violence, and on occasion kids lie to their parents. There are some mild exclamations ("darn") and some bathroom humor, too. But it also features young, smart characters who love science and are always curious.
Is It Any Good?
Fun and imaginative, this reboot of the iconic series, which ran from 2005-2014, stays true to the original. The animation is smoother and some of the familiar sound effects are gone, but thanks to voice actors like James Arnold Taylor and Trevor Devall reprising their roles as Johnny and Dukey, fans of the original will still find it familiar. Some of Johnny's former pals-slash-rivals still make appearances, too. But young viewers new to the franchise who like these sorts of stories will find the updated Johnny Test entertaining.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.