Parents' Guide to

Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Tween sitcom offers guided tour to surviving middle school.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 7+

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 fantastic comedic timing, and its breakneck pace ensures that its never boring. Yes the overall tone of the show is very wacky and silly, and its not exactly a realistic depiction of middle school, but its clever script and likable cast of characters makes it endlessly watchable. All the characters are very well developed (especially for a kids show). There's nothing I hate more in kids shows and movies than one-dimensional bullies, but thankfully the bullies in Ned's Declassified are fairly developed characters, even if they aren't realistic. There is a lot of comic violence and bullying, but its all played for laughs. The only sex/nudity is asking people out, talking about going on dates, and occasional kissing. Overall, this is a really fun show that all ages can enjoy. The characters are all good role models who, although flawed and make mistakes, try to make the best out of their middle school experience using a wide variety of methods from the realistic to absurd.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 7+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (60 ):

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.

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