Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide



Tween sitcom offers guided tour to surviving middle school.
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What parents need to know

Educational value
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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

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
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Daniel Curtis Lee, Devon Werkheiser, Lindsey Shaw
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent of a 8 and 11 year old Written byshanghaiang November 27, 2010

A fun show for when kids need some down time

On the silly side, but fun and I have no problem with my 8-year-old watching it.
Adult Written byPsychitsmike April 9, 2008

Started as a time killer, ended up being...

As my headline started off, I was bored and began to watch a couple episodes and it turned out to be quite entertaining. I'm an older viewer but this show still caught my attention. Good laugh and a great example of everyday life in middle school and even high school. Too bad this show wasnt around during my years in MS and HS but its a good things its around now. Props to Nick for finally making a show worthy of watching. I can continually watch this show and be entertained unlike others. The humor isnt at the point of stupidity like Drake&Josh and Spongebob. 5 Stars for an educational and good natured show. Great for kids and teens.
Parent of a 9 year old Written bymichelhays April 20, 2011

Great for kids who are struggling socially

Looking for a show to help your kid brush up on social skills? Social situations are presented in zany ways, but followed by realistic advice.
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