TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Bathroom humor, physical violence dominate cartoon shorts.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 108 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 63 reviews

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

Educational Value
Positive Messages

Bathroom humor is a major component of the show's comedy. The show also makes light of the bugs' constant tug-of-war for food or entertainment, and most confrontations are solved through violence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The larvae spend more time competing with or being frustrated with each other than they do being friendly, due partly to the fact that sustenance isn't an inexhaustible resource. In many cases, each would sacrifice the other to danger to save himself. Similarly, most supporting characters have their own needs to fill, which often puts them at odds with Red and Yellow.   

Violence & Scariness

Frequent cartoon-style violence; getting hit on the head, flattened by a large object, eaten by a carnivorous plant, smacked in the face, or having the blood drained from one's body by a mosquito is par for the course. Some of the characters act menacingly, baring sharp teeth and growling at unwelcome visitors. 

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Larva is an animated series comprising two-minute shorts about two larvae that eat or play with many of the objects that fall between the bars in the grate above their street sewer home. Kids will like the pervasive gross-out humor (farts, burps, urine, and bird poo are frequent fliers) and the physical exchanges between the grubs, which are pretty humorous to watch given their limbless bodies and their lack of speech capabilities. On the other hand, parents will wish the show had more substance than the characters' contentious exchanges. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byCarlibel July 23, 2015


I have a two year old that loves to watch this show which I don't think it is suitable for his age. I've called and spoken to netflix about the contex... Continue reading
Parent Written byApril L. January 17, 2017

Horrible! Items up their butts in several episodes?

They shove items up each other's butts! Yes they seriously shove their mouths, antennas and other items up their "larva butts" and little kids do... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysurfing iguana September 20, 2015

I'd rather be hit by a car

I fully think that the site's three stars for this show are three stars too many. This show is awful. My 6 year old brother used to watch this, and I'... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byADventuresVDO September 9, 2015

I'd Bleach My Eyes After Watching

I was visiting family one day when I noticed that the kids were watching this show called "Larva" on Netflix, and I was flabbergasted at how atrocious... Continue reading

What's the story?

Two larvae who live in the gutter under a busy street pass the time playing with an assortment of objects that fall through the sewer grate above their heads. Yellow is the larger of the two, due in some part to his gluttonous tendencies, but he's mild-mannered unless he's hungry. Red has a fiery temper and usually resorts to pummeling Yellow when his friend gets under his skin. Often the two larvae are joined by other bug friends and foes.

Is it any good?

LARVA is a kind of blend of A Bug's Life and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, with the comical violence of Tom and Jerry. Because the characters are the size of worms, everything around them is larger than life, and that perspective is always fun to see in action. Of course, the downside is that you also run the risk of glimpsing things you might not want to see in magnification, particularly in a show that's as in love with bathroom comedy as this one is.

From a bubble inflated by farts to mysterious yellow liquids that stream down the grate from passing dogs, the gross-out humor dominates many scenes in this show. What's more, the fact that the characters communicate in grunts and squeaks rather than in words makes their physical behavior even more prominent, and that's bad news if you're not fond of your kids seeing cartoon characters walloping each other The Three Stooges-style over minor disagreements. The bottom line? There are plenty of shows that offer kids more well-rounded content.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence as entertainment. Is it fun to watch Red and Yellow butt heads (and butts) in this show? Would the effect be different if they were people and not insects? 

  • Kids: Do you ever play video games that allow you to take part in violent exchanges? Do you enjoy it? Would you ever consider acting that way in a real-world scenario? Why, or why not? 

  • How do shows such as this encourage us to imagine the world differently from how it is? If you could tell a story from the perspective of an unusual character, what would it be? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: January 2, 2015
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Kids' Animation
  • Topics: Bugs
  • TV rating: TV-G
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: November 16, 2019

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