Parents' Guide to

Ruby Gloom

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Sweet friendship and cooperation in a gothic setting.

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age 5+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 13+

I think it might be too dark for kids under 5

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age 5+


My children and I watch this together often. The characters are adorable and the interactions exchanged always convey a very friendly and fundamental message but in a fantastical way. I think it is easily understand and very positive for children. The fact that the children in the show are so diverse teaches just that.. diversity and acceptance. Definitely my personal favorite.

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Great messages
Great role models

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Parents say (8):
Kids say (9):

A nice mix of sweet-and-sour, Ruby Gloom's dark gothic setting underscores all the cooperation and kindness. Adults will enjoy jokes that kids may miss, such as when it's revealed that Ruby eats Glum Flakes cereal for breakfast. And all but the most sensitive kids will be too enraptured by fantastic elements like talking pictures and a school for ghosts to be unnerved by dark elements like Misery's constant talk of disasters and death.

Adults who catch an episode here and there won't be surprised to learn that Ruby Gloom was produced in Canada: there's a gentle, slow vibe at work here that's different from many American animated series. Many of the main writers are female as well, and the friendships between the show's female characters Misery, Ruby, and Iris are particularly well-written and realistic, with characters occasionally griping at each other but always coming through in a pinch.

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