Larva Island

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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More nonsensical laughs, comical violence from grub friends.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.


Positive Messages

Bathroom humor like flatulence dominate the show's comedy. Red and Yellow are best friends, but they fight a lot, usually resort to violence to solve disagreements.


Positive Role Models & Representations

Red and Yellow often vie for dominance, attention, or food. They split their time between being best friends and worst enemies, and each has times he would toss the other to the sea creatures to ensure his own safety.


Violence & Scariness

Lots of cartoon-style violence. Main characters are pummeled by objects, run into things, get eaten (and regurgitated) by predators, take extensive falls, and slap each other with their tongues. Even so, no injury lasts long.


Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Larva Island is a Netflix series follow-up to Larva and continues the story of two grubs who find surprises around every turn as they explore their new island home. Gross-out humor includes farting (in one episode, the characters eat mushrooms and emit yellow clouds of gas for the duration, for instance), feces, and other body-related ickiness. Expect a lot of physical exchanges in which the characters slap, drag, and punch each other, typically using their tongues since they don't have limbs. They're also pursued by predators, eaten a time or two, and scared by other large creatures around them. This series is visually entertaining but lacks much of anything in the way of substance and sends some questionable messages about the use of violence to resolve small differences.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byFlipflopfox March 28, 2019

Perverse humor

I thought it was ok at first. My kids would crack up. The larva uses their tongue to do things since they dont have other appendages. I was disturbed on an e... Continue reading
Adult Written bySpearoDaddo March 25, 2019

Lewd Sexual and Bizarre

Overly sexual bizarre and without any content, not for children. The age range who could watch this would not have interest in it anyway so they sold it to chil... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous November 17, 2020

UGH! Even I don't deserve to watch this!

Now, not to be funny, a man heating a protagonist named Red inside of a fish in order to eat, but the second pushover protagonist, Yellow, blows all the matches... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bywinniethepooh2003 March 27, 2020

It's getting annoying really quickly!

My two five-year old twin cousins started watching it on Netflix a week or two ago, and now, I'm immediately getting very fed up with everything about this... Continue reading

What's the story?

LARVA ISLAND follows the misadventures of best friends Red and Yellow after they're stranded on a tropical island. As they set out to find food, discover new places, and meet new friends of all shapes and sizes, the larva must be careful lest they become a meal or plaything for one of the island's larger residents. Yellow's naivete puts them in perilous situations, and Red's hot temper adds fuel to the fire when the pressure's on, but at the end of the day, no one understands each of them like the other, and friendship prevails.

Is it any good?

This Larva spin-off delivers a more aesthetically pleasing setting for its main characters' antics than their original gutter home, but the gist is the same: potty humor, cartoon violence, and a whole lot of absurd silliness. Stories center on mundane tasks like watching a human eat his lunch and retrieving a lost item, putting Red and Yellow in ridiculous predicaments that result in loud outbursts (no words again, just grunts and other noises), temper tantrums, and physical peril. Because they're so small, most other beings are significantly larger and stronger than they are, so they face a near-constant threat of demise.

Larva Island is a veritable grab bag of content that's mostly unpredictable. There's always appeal in seeing the world from a new angle, and the vantage point of bug larva -- where tiny shells are protective helmets and the average sea bird is a giant predator -- is no exception. But the show's persistent use of bathroom humor and excessive slapstick exchanges wear after a while, especially considering there's not much substance to the content to offset it. Tweens and older viewers can see the show for the eye candy that it is, but younger viewers may get a different impression of the characters' consequence-free thumpings of each other.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the relationship between violence and humor. Do you find Red and Yellow's physical exchanges funny? Are they intended to be anything other than comical? Does the prevalence of violence in Larva Island lessen its overall impact on you? How might its effect be different on younger viewers' senses?

  • How do TV series or stories like this prompt us to look at the world differently? Do Red and Yellow "humanize" otherwise unremarkable beings like insects and small animals? Does the show do a good job of portraying the relative size discrepancies between the main characters and their surroundings?

  • Does Larva Island have a point? Can you learn anything valuable from its content? Does its ability to teach (or not) or inspire (or not) influence your enjoyment of entertainment in general?

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 19, 2018
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Topics: Bugs
  • TV rating: TV-Y7
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: March 13, 2020

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