Pinky Malinky

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Quirky show lacks substance, but odd characters entertain.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

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

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.


Positive Messages

Kids see Pinky devise and execute solutions to the problems he sees around him. They're not always good solutions, mind you, and they very rarely work as planned, but he never gets discouraged as a result. That said, he also seems not to learn any valuable lessons from his many mishaps. The characters' differences never interfere with their friendship. Several instances of wiener references related to Pinky's body type.


Positive Role Models & Representations

Pinky is optimistic and ambitious, but that's what often gets him and his friends into trouble. His parents accommodate his whims, sometimes to their own detriment.


Violence & Scariness

Some accidents that look painful, but nothing that injures. In at least one scene, Pinky's skin is removed to reveal a pink and slightly lumpy inside layer of meat.


Sexy Stuff

Name-calling like "dingbats" and "doofus."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pinky Malinky is a series that follows three best friends (one of whom is a hot dog) as they attempt to solve problems around their town and improve their social standing in junior high school. There is a lot of absurdity without real-world sensibility, all of which is played for laughs. Expect to hear some name-calling like "dingbats" and "doofus," as well as some humorous references to Pinky's wiener physique. On the upside, his indomitable spirit perseveres through every disappointment; on the downside, he tends to run the show at home with his parents, who lack the backbone to stand up to his wacky plans. This show's best feature is its occasional creative incorporation of different animation styles.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymonique29 May 6, 2019

Crap im such a "dingbat"... I actually let my 7 yr old watch this..

This show is trash. I actually felt horrible for not doing a better job monitoring what he was watching. Every time he would watch it I would say to myself and... Continue reading
Adult Written byIdontknowshhwha... January 30, 2019

Really for kids??

One of the main kids is in love with a hot dogs mom...? I think that explains it enough. Made some jokes in the show that I found funny abut I don't think... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old September 22, 2019


i wish i could give this infinity stars THIS IS DA BEST SHOW EVA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! each character shows... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySaveEarth November 2, 2020

This show is really good and has good lessons

I love the message and the characters and I like the people who voice them! Pinky, JJ, Babs, Byron, Mr. Fayce, and so many more. They also have little messages... Continue reading

What's the story?

PINKY MALINKY is a slice-of-life animated comedy that centers on the antics of an anthropomorphic hot dog named Pinky (voiced by Lucas Grabeel) and his best friends, JJ (Nathan Kress) and Babs (Diamond White). Optimistic Pinky has lots of big ideas -- about replicating his favorite snack food, about adopting an unusual pet, about improving his social status -- and the mettle to back them up. The show is presented in a pseudo reality format (think The Office) in that the characters occasionally talk to the audience in brief confessionals.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how effectively Pinky Malinky's unusual characters attract and maintain viewers' interest. How does the fact that Pinky is a hot dog influence the show's humor? Why do you think the creators chose that particular shape for him? Do quirky characters and absurd content consistently entertain you?

  • Pinky's determination often belies his small stature and unusual appearance. Why is it important to not judge someone by how they look? Have you ever experienced being surprised by a person's true nature after making a superficial assumption about him or her?


  • How does your family monitor and limit screen time? If your time in front of a TV is limited, what shows are your first picks? What attracts you to a particular show? Action? Humor? Music? Character development?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love quirky animation

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