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.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 99 reviews

A lot or a little?

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
Language
Consumerism
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 by[email protected] April 9, 2008

love to see my kids happy

this is one of there favorite programs and love the main characters. They loved the tension at the last one of the secon series when two of the main characthers... Continue reading
Adult Written byCelestine E. September 25, 2013

Lindsey Shaw is hot ;)

I like how it is about giving advice =]
Kid, 11 years old January 5, 2014

Great show for tweens!

Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide was a great show for tweens going into middle school. Advice on dating, bullies, school clubs, and more helped man... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byThat90sguy July 26, 2012

This show was great/educational

This show was the best show during my middle school years. It has mean and strict teachers, silly janitors, some irresponsible staff, bullies, andteaches kids s... Continue reading

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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