TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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YouTube stars voice pugs in bathroom-humor heavy show.

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Positive Messages

Pugs have secret lives.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Maya and Edgar argue, insult each other.


Monsters, scary images. Bickering.


Bathroom humor.


It's a promotional vehicle for the creators' YouTube channels.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pugatory is an animated online series about the misadventures of two pugs, voiced by YouTube gaming superstar Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie, and his girlfriend, Marzia Bisognin. There's lots of bickering, bathroom humor (references to farts, poop, and vomit) and some spooky images. It's not meant for young children, but tweens may like it, though some of the humor will go over their heads.

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What's the story?

PUGATORY is a six-episode animated Web series created and voiced by Marzia Bisognin and Felix Kjellberg, aka CutiePieMarzia and PewDiePie, as Maya and Edgar, two adopted pugs who find themselves going on an unexpected and dark adventure. Each of the approximately four-minute episodes features the dogs making their way through through a purgatory-like setting in hopes of getting back to their beloved owner, Marzia.

Is it any good?

This quirky Web series offers a mildly creepy story (pugs in purgatory!), with characters based on Kjellberg and Bisognin's real-life pugs companions. The overall series serves as a marketing tool for Bisognin and Kjellberg's YouTube videos, which are known for their quirky (and pug-heavy) humor. Each short installment offers enough weirdness to keep the narrative interesting enough for viewers to follow the characters into the next one, but it's probably going to be most enjoyed by folks who are already fans of the duo's banter. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about animal-themed shows. If you had a chance to create a series starring your favorite dog, cat, or lizard, what kind of show would it be? What would the animals look like? Sound like? What kinds of personalities would they have?

  • What kind of work goes into creating an online series? What kind of skill set do you need to have to produce it? What's the benefit of producing something to stream online rather than airing on TV?

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For kids who love animals

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