Phineas and Ferb

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Duo's over-the-top schemes are fun for kids.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 120 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 324 reviews

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Educational Value

The show is intended to entertain, not educate, though there are some subtle messages about teamwork and being kind that kids can learn.

Positive Messages

The show is more about having fun than teaching lessons, but the main characters do work well together on their over-the-top ideas -- and they demonstrate a fun-loving spirit that will likely leave kids smiling. Occasional potty humor (burping, etc.). Additional themes include humility and teamwork.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although they're prone to mischief, Phineas and Ferb are upbeat and good-hearted overall. Candace, their sister, is boy-obsessed and a tattle-tale, and is a constant nemesis. Adults/parents are largely absent (and when they're present, they're pretty clueless).

Violence & Scariness

Mild peril (long falls, collisions, etc.) is exaggerated for humor and rarely results in injury.

Sexy Stuff

Brief allusions to teenage love interests and mention of guys being "cute." A recurring character flirts openly with Phineas. Candace swoons over her boyfriend Jeremy and constantly talks about him.

Language
Consumerism

Phineas and Ferb are part of an extensive brand that includes video games and merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's little cause for concern in Phineas and Ferb, a fun-filled -- if slightly exaggerated -- cartoon for grade-schoolers. Kids will certainly enjoy the characters' over-the-top antics and adventures, and (aside from said antics possibly inspiring grandiose ideas), there's not much to worry about when it comes to messages. The sister character is a bit of a stereotype who nags, whines, and is obsessed with her boyfriend, but that's not the show's focus. Mild peril is played for humor, and allusions are made to youthful crushes, but little of this content will be new to kids, and most are likely to overlook it when there's so much other fun stuff going on.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKP7 April 9, 2008

Our whole family loves this show!!!

This is one of the funniest shows ever! There are catchy songs, great plots and really funny characters. There is humor for both kids and adults. Granted, ou... Continue reading
Parent of a 9 and 12 year old Written byMrs. W April 1, 2010
What I like best is the good-heartedness of Phineas and Ferb. When confronted with a trash-talking pair of would-be competitors, they are gracious and kind. And... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byGdextor December 28, 2011

COMMONS SENSE MEDIA HAD NO COMMON SENSE

Phineas and Ferb is a very educational TV show because it makes children wake up in the morning and do stuff other than being lazy. It shows children how much f... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byKaleigh:) March 6, 2012

From a 15 Year Old's Perspective

I'm 15 years old--so I know NOTHING about raising a kid. But, I live in a Christian family and there's few shows we watch on TV because they don'... Continue reading

What's the story?

Young stepbrothers Phineas Flynn (voiced by Vincent Martella) and Ferb Fletcher (Thomas Sangster) want to make the most of their summer vacation, packing in as much action and adventure as they can in PHINEAS AND FERB. Each day, the two schemers set to work on oversized plans for visions like backyard surfing, personal theme park rides, and overnight musical fame. They're accompanied by the family's pet platypus, Perry (Dee Bradley Baker), whose placid nature hides a top-secret identity and a mission to save the world from the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz (Dan Povenmire). Despite their parents'; oblivion, the boys' antics don't escape the watchful eye of their older sister, Candace (Ashley Tisdale), who gets positively giddy about the chance to prove once and for all that they're up to no good.

Is it any good?

This fun-filled cartoon is sure to win over young fans with its exaggerated sense of adventure and the comical pairing of stepbrothers. Boisterous Phineas and his mostly silent partner in crime, Ferb, who nonetheless proves his worth as his stepbrother's go-to engineering guru are an entertaining duo. Kids will enjoy letting their imaginations run wild with the characters' zany schemes almost as much as slightly older viewers (and even parents) will appreciate the show's wit and clever humor.

Add to that the unlikely plot twists -- which ensure that the boys' work remains under wraps -- and Perry's continued ability to outwit the humans around him, and it's easy to like this fast-paced cartoon. Parents can rest assured that while there's little attempt to teach obvious lessons here, Phineas and Ferb is as innocuous as the premise is fun, making it a fine choice for grade-school viewers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role that exaggeration plays in comedy. Do storylines seem funnier when they're taken to extremes -- as in the case of Phineas and Ferb's many oversized schemes?

  • Do you think plots based on exaggeration can ever impact viewers (particularly young ones) in a negative way? If so, how?

  • How do the characters in Phineas and Ferb demonstrate humility and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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