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Pinky and the Brain

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Clever toon is great fun for both kids and adults.

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age 6+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 9+
surprisingly i never watched this as a kid but i recently checked it out its really great i regret not being into it as a kid
age 7+

A legendary show.

Pinky and the Brain is a spin-off of Animaniacs. It is of the rare examples where a spin-off show is just as good (and even a little better) than its original show. The show is very well-written and contains a lot of clever moments for kids and adults to enjoy. There are also occasionally educational moments thrown in, such as a song about history or an episode dedicated to showing the dangers of smoking.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Despite its relatively brief run, this emmy-winning cartoon series' outrageously funny cast of characters, superb writing, and clever use of parody gained it a devoted fan base of both kids and adults. PINKY AND THE BRAIN offers plenty of humor for the 7- to 10-year-old set, who will enjoy the show's physical comedy, as well as some of its subtle satirical tones and tongue-in-cheek writing style. But it's teens and adults who will fully appreciate the series for the gem that it is: a clever combination of character-based humor (Pinky and Brain are mousy versions of the quintessential odd couple), witty writing, and underlying parodies of everything from politics to classic literature to pop culture.

The show does contain a fair amount of cartoon violence (explosions, exaggerated collisions, that sort of thing), but it's all so rooted in fantasy and absurdity that there's not much chance that grade-schoolers will be upset by it. So if you're looking for a show you can enjoy with your kids, this is a great pick.

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