Marvin Marvin

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Hyper star's antics dominate mediocre alien comedy.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 32 reviews

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Educational Value

This title intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

The show incorporates feel-good messages about being true to yourself and celebrating what makes each person unique. It also leans on potty humor for a lot of its laughs, so expect that your kids will find the funny in vomiting, burping, and the frequent attention Marvin draws to his butt, which is where his alien hearing organs are located. A teen bully calls his classmates names like "nerd" and "dorkwad" and is said to torment those beneath the upper social echelon.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Marvin's foster parents attempt to keep him on the straight and narrow, but he's prone to making his own decisions, often with comically disastrous results for himself and those around him. At times Marvin learns lessons from his behavior, but more often than not, the scenario is played for humor instead.

Violence & Scariness

Physical comedy leads to some collisions and spills but no injuries. Marvin often slaps his own face, which is said to be an alien version of a greeting.

Sexy Stuff

No cursing, but kids often use expressions like "shut up" and "eat it."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Marvin Marvin stars Lucas Cruikshank of Fred Figglehorn fame and rests its comedy on his trademark physical comedy and plenty of gross-out humor. From a grown-up's standpoint, the show's best feature is the care it takes in reminding viewers that it's important to be yourself, even when that makes you different from your peers. From a kid's point of view, however, this message is lost amid Marvin's outrageous predicaments. Expect some crude behavior (puking, burping, and a lot of attention drawn to Marvin's butt since it's explained that that's where his ears are located), name-calling ("dorkwad," for instance), and general teenage angst, which together compose most of the show's humor.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChinadelove February 1, 2015

Awful show

I don't know why Nick focuses on mainly live action shows nowadays, however I feel like its just not working, every show including this Marvin Marvin is ga... Continue reading
Adult Written byMrCrocodile June 17, 2013

This is so hard to watch

Even when you see the commercials you just don't get Marvin Marvin.
This honestly could've been better. I've only seen Alf and I've never se... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 23, 2013

Update: Marvin Marvin Got Cancelled!

April 26, 2013, Marvin Marvin gets cancelled this date! I hope you're happy!
Teen, 14 years old Written byClorox bleach February 15, 2021


I know a lot of people didn't like this but I did. It was weird and funny at the same time.

What's the story?

MARVIN MARVIN is the story of a teenage alien (Lucas Cruikshank) from a distant planet, whose parents send him to Earth to protect him from alien invaders. He's adopted by human parents Bob (Pat Finn) and Liz Forman (Mim Drew) and attempts to learn how to pass as a normal teenager from their kids, Teri (Victory Van Tuyl) and Henry (Jacob Bertrand). But that's no easy task for this larger-than-life alien, and learning curve mishaps often test the patience of his foster family and threaten exposure of his true identity.

Is it any good?

It's evident that Nickelodeon is pinning this show's hopes on the kid appeal of its recognizable star with plot points that open the door for him to demonstrate his knack for physical comedy. Marvin's hardwired to dance like a maniac whenever he hears Earth music, so you can bet you're going to see that multiple times in an episode. Because he's still learning the basics of humanoid behavior, he's going to make mistakes, like returning the favor when the family dog sniffs his butt. Suppressing his super powers isn't always easy, so there are openings for chaos there. This fish-out-of-water set-up means endless possibilities for wacky, obnoxious, and even crude behavior, all of which is designed to get laughs from your kids.

What the show most lacks, though, is originality. Not only does it recycle Cruikshank's unusual comedy style, it also taps Superman for its alien-evacuee storyline and even adds a few touches of E.T. with some of Marvin's powers. To the show's credit, it does attempt to lace the dialogue with buzz phrases like "It's OK to be different" and "Be who you are," but it's a good bet your kids won't even notice those in light of the hyperactive comedy to which most of the content is devoted.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Marvin compares to Fred Figglehorn. What similarities exist between Cruikshank's two characters? What makes them different? Do you think this show's creators intended to draw on Fred's fame for this show? What benefit might there be to doing so?

  • Kids: In what situations have you felt like an outsider? Is it difficult to adapt to a new place? What can you do if you see another person feeling left out?

  • How do the Formans compare to your family? Do you think an outsider would have an easy time fitting in at your house? What behaviors might they find funny or odd?

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