Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Tween sitcom offers guided tour to surviving middle school.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 101 reviews

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

Educational Value
Positive Messages

Ned offers advice to viewers to help them with their own middle school experiences. There's some emphasis on materialism and a bit of gross-out humor, but overall the take-away is positive.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ned is a middle school "everyman" who would rather unite than divide.
His friends are a diverse bunch of kids who generally treat each other
with respect, but there are some bullies.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series has a few gross-out moments and some rebellious and/or materialistic messages, but overall there isn't much to worry about. The main character lends advice to the viewers in an effort to help them navigate their own middle school woes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymyopinionisbest May 23, 2017

Loved it as a kid...still love it as an adult!

While the tips Ned gives are often vague and aren't always applicable, the warm, fun tone of the show keeps it interesting. Ned's Declassified has fan... Continue reading
Adult Written byclarence August 5, 2015
Teen, 16 years old Written byMusiclovergig June 23, 2020

Good one

Good show for tweens and middle schoolers.
Teen, 13 years old Written byVeronica13 March 19, 2019

What's the story?

Ned Bigby (Devon Werkheiser) is just a regular guy trying to survive junior high in NED'S DECLASSIFIED SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE. Confronted by challenges at every corner -- from a crazed science teacher to the bullies who threaten him -- Ned is always using his resources to get by. These resources include a great imagination, an upbeat attitude and a pair of friends -- Cookie (Dan Curtis Lee) and Moze (Lindsey Shaw) -- who back him no matter what. By giving "helpful" tips to his viewers, Nick attempts to help his audience cope with their own middle-school angst. Though some of the tips are diluted common sense, others might benefit kids who have to face some of Ned's situations.

Is it any good?

While tips like "express yourself and have fun" might not carry much punch in the real world, Ned's heart is in the right place. He's generally kind, positive, energetic, and supportive of his classmates. Some kids might find comfort in this show, since it conveys the idea that not everyone has to be perfect to be happy.

Plus, Ned brings an upbeat attitude to even the trickiest dilemmas. When the school principal insists on boring the student body with a talent show that sticks only to the classics, for example, Ned and his crew set up a "Talentpalooza" show in which everyone can participate. Situations like that cast Ned as a virtual seventh grade Ferris Bueller, whose only goal is to get through middle school unscathed -- and to help his viewers do the same.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the challenges that Ned faces and how he handles the bullies in his school.

  • Parents, ask kids what issues

  • they're dealing with in middle school. Do they want to talk about

  • bullies, tough teachers, favoritism, or cliques?

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For kids who love tween tales

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