Parents' Guide to

Pinky Malinky

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Quirky show lacks substance, but odd characters entertain.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 12+

NOT appropriate

Total garbage. Inappropriate and not positive behavior models. Painting of topless character and other inappropriate innuendos.
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age 5+

Prude dad here: this is NOT inappropriate

Parents would certainly forgiven for tuning into this show for the first time, and after watching ten seconds of it, putting in the category of "weird, modern-type humor show that is often inappropriate for my kids" . (Lord knows there are a TON of shows in that category these days). But wait! My wife and I are somewhat prudish and really limit what out kids watch.........and we found that first looks are deceiving with Pinky Malinky. It's actually a funny show, great writers, nothing really inappropriate. Funny songs. Thre premise has something to do with a talking hot dog, and his human friends, who are all school age. Our five year old likes to watch it, but at least half of the content goes over his head. Our nine year old loves it. Our thirteen year old can still enjoy it, because of its writing. There aren't many good kids shows being made these days, and I can support this one with no reservations. Four and a half stars from me.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (14 ):

This series doesn't offer much in the way of substance, but its oddly captivating visual effect will attract viewers. It's busy to watch with a bustling pace, lots of moving parts, and intricacies to the characters' appearances and behavior. There's humor and absurdity, and the occasional instance of one friend or another extending unexpected kindness, but it's clear the show's real intent is to impress the audience with unusual animation and flashy imagery. This has the unfortunate effect of distracting from any attempt at story development, but kids likely won't mind.

Pinky Malinky is the entertainment equivalent of the law of diminishing returns -- it's OK in small doses but loses its wow factor after several viewings because of its mostly superficial content. Viewers are left wondering about the stories behind the unusual characters (Pinky is a hot dog, for heaven's sake!) as they're caught up in the mayhem that is his life.

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