A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Meant to entertain, not educate.
Many of the foreign characters are one dimensional and suffer from some dated stereotyping (reflecting the show's 1960s origins). But the show also embraces the idea that there are many different types of families.
Positive Role Models
The Quest's unusual family unit is tight and supportive, and they're always there for each other in the clinches. Unfortunately, the difference between the good guys (strong-jawed, usually white, unfailingly noble and brave) and the bad guys (rumpled, ill-dressed, uncomfortably often an ethnic or racial minority) is pretty stereotypical.
Violence & Scariness
The characters use guns and other, often-futuristic weapons, and there are many on-screen deaths. Some scary monsters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this classic action cartoon -- which originally aired in the '60s and had another TV incarnation in the mid-'80s -- includes some violence and dated stereotypes. But none of what's here is too iffy, and many modern kids will be able to relate to Jonny, who doesn't come from a traditional nuclear family.
Is It Any Good?
Overall, this classic series provides lots of vintage humor and a surprisingly contemporary take on family life, given the Quests' atypical (for the '60s, anyway) family unit. But keep an eye out for futuristic weapons and glamorized violence (fights among villains sometimes include robots and scary mummies), as well as some awfully dated stereotyping.
Many of the show's foreign characters are one-dimensional; you may want to explain to kids that the concept of political correctness didn't exist back in Jonny's day, and tell them why labels and clichés aren't OK. On the plus side, the serial- and comic book-inspired Jonny Quest is filled with exciting adventures, and it succeeds in sending the message that "family" can take many forms.
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