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Oggy and the Cockroaches

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Slapstick cartoon offers little more than comic violence.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive Messages

Oggy's relationship with the cockroaches is far more "hate" than "love," thanks to the bugs' relentless pestering and sabotage that usually ends with Oggy in pain. Their actions never bring the kind of consequences they'd face in the real world, but it's also hard to mistake the excessive injury-ridden pranks as something that would be feasible in the real world. Potty humor includes fart noises and grossness such as reaching up into a cat's nostrils. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The cockroaches revel in causing grief and harm, and they react by laughing at their victimss predicaments. Oggy has a much kinder temperament, but even his patience is tried by his housemates' antics. His cousin, Jack, makes an easy target for their pranks because of his short temper, which causes him to seek revenge each time he's subjected to their tricks. 

Violence & Scariness

Slapstick comedy is what this show is made of, and most of it involves injury befalling at least one of the characters. At times their fur is blown off by dynamite; they crash through a series of walls; they're pummeled by large objects, electrocuted, shaken, burned, dropped from great heights, and dismembered (but it's not bloody). Predictably, though, injuries always heal in remarkable time -- and in plenty of time for the show's next segment.    

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Oggy and the Cockroaches plays up slapstick comedy and physical violence among its mutually contentious characters to get laughs. An average episode has instances of characters being electrocuted, exploded, sliced into small shapes, run over by vehicles, burned, and dismembered, to name a few examples. Much like the classic slapstick of Tom and Jerry, none of the images is bloody, and all wounds heal in remarkable time, so there's never any consequence for the characters' actions. There's also some bathroom humor such as farting and other bodily functions.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChantal90 March 9, 2015

Sexual Content

I just saw a episode that just aired a few days ago and in the cartoon Oggy tried to distract a police dog by pointing to a cloud in the sky that to kids looks... Continue reading
Adult Written byAndrewJ 1 February 22, 2015

Same as Tom and Jerry

I really do not appreciate that it is so similar to Tom and Jerry, in my opinion, Tom and Jerry was much better. Don't waste your time.
Kid, 12 years old June 30, 2014

Be careful parents

First of all, this show has bad role models(this show is practically a carbon copy of Tom and Jerry, but worse!). The worse thing that happend in the show that... Continue reading
Kid, 7 years old September 4, 2016

What's the story?

OGGY AND THE COCKROACHES chronicles the precarious relationship between a mild-mannered cat named Oggy and his three mischievous cockroach housemates -- Joey, Dee Dee, and Marky -- who live to make his life miserable. On any given day, Oggy might be subjected to meal theft, home explosions, and general plundering by the pesky bugs, but, with the help of his scheming cousin, Jack, he manages to get in a few hits of his own on the irritating trio.

Is it any good?

Oggy and the Cockroaches takes the kind of black-and-blue power struggles first deemed hilarious in Tom and Jerry and dials them up a few notches with even more mean-spirited pranks. These three roaches are pests to the core, and their relentless badgering yields a show that's little more than a string of painful encounters between archenemies.

Sure, there's some creativity in how the mischief goes down (a cat's electrocution produces a perfectly cooked meal on a platter, for instance), and it's clear that the show's intent is to garner laughs rather than traumatize kids with any realistic violence. Ultimately, though, the bottom line is that it entertains strictly by playing up physical spats between common enemies, and it makes hard knocks something to laugh at, which sends some iffy messages to impressionable kids. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why the characters play pranks on each other. Are any of them funny for the victim? How might you feel if you were the victim of some kind of teasing or bullying by a peer?

  • Do the characters seem like they're ever friends? Is it possible for friends to overcome major differences of opinion? What are some constructive ways to resolve conflict? 

  • What do you think of the violence in this show? Is any of it realistic? Does the fact that it's mostly fantasy make it more suitable for kids to see? 

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