A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.