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Sanjay and Craig

Crudity and absurdity abound in best pals' misadventures.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

On the positive side, kids see a friendship that supersedes the two parties' differences and is based on their shared fondness for adventure. However, a lot of the show's humor stems from crudity (farting, excessive body hair, icky body growths, and poop, for instance) and/or the kids' outrageous exploitation of situations they shouldn't be a part of, like posing as doctors (and misdiagnosing patients along the way) to witness a butt transplant.

Positive role models

Sanjay and Craig lie and manipulate to get what they want, always with humorous results rather than any kind of realistic consequences. Sanjay's parents are oblivious to their son's activities but otherwise seem to care about him. Other adults are cast as incompetent and easily influenced by the kids' antics.


Cartoon violence is prevalent but doesn't pack a serious punch. The characters are often involved in mishaps that in reality would cause serious harm (extensive falls, crashes, electrocution, removal of body parts, etc.), but on the show amount to very little. There's no ill intent, but kids might need to be reminded that what goes for TV land doesn't always translate to the real world.


A girl harbors a crush on her friend that's obvious to everyone except him. She does silly things to get his attention, but it doesn't go farther than that.


No cursing, but there's a crude nature to some of the jabs between kids: "Snot rags," "butt ugly," "stinks butt," as well as name-calling like "dummy" and "stupid."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sanjay and Craig is a frantically paced cartoon series about a boy, his talking snake, and their totally implausible misadventures in their town. Kids (and boys especially) are sure to enjoy the crude humor in the show that's rarely without mention of poop, snot, or butts and their noises. The characters' exploits often are at the expense of unsuspecting adults, and they never face consequences for behavior that would bring big penalties in the real world. There are some sweet moments of friendship between two very different main characters, but these are easily missed in the surrounding chaos. If your kids do watch, be sure they understand the difference between fantasy and reality as it relates to the characters' antics.

What's the story?

A providential trip to the pet store brought together 12-year-old Sanjay (voiced by Maulik Pancholy) and his talking snake, Craig (Chris Hardwick), and now the pair of best friends tear up their town on a quest for excitement and fun. Sure, Craig's distinctive appearance should turn heads in their favorite hangouts, but the fact that he's a master of disguise and can talk his way into any adventure -- and out of any jam -- means the sky's the limit on the kinds of mayhem these pals can cause.

Is it any good?


SANJAY AND CRAIG is the cartoon equivalent of a 5-year-old on a sugar rush; it's high-energy, unpredictable, and hard to contain until it comes to a crashing halt, sometimes with painful results. There's no slowing the pace of this chaotic show driven by an excitable tween and trusty sidekick who's up for anything, and the result is a series of hilarious, if completely ridiculous, adventures.

If you're looking for a show that's found a happy balance between absurd comedy and substantial content, then Sanjay and Craig isn't what you want. Its sole purpose is to elicit laughs, and it employs every gag in the book -- from bathing in bird poop to a bouncing, farting, disembodied butt -- to get those laughs from kids. There's no rhyme, reason, or reality to the characters' misadventures, which can be a fun departure from real life but at the same time doesn't give them anything positive to glean from the content.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the characters' adventures. How would this same behavior be received in the real world? What would be the possible consequences?

  • Why are Sanjay and Craig such good friends? Do they share any positive qualities? How do they look past their differences to relate to each other?

  • Talk to your kids about the messages we get from the media. Did you learn anything positive from this show? Which others do you watch that leave you with a valuable lesson of sorts? Does entertainment always have to be a learning experience?

TV details

Premiere date:May 25, 2013
Cast:Chris Hardwick, Linda Cardellini, Maulik Pancholy
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures, Friendship, Wild animals
TV rating:TV-Y7

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Teen, 13 years old Written byepicface227 June 2, 2013

Awful. Crap.

The apocalypse starts here. Even little kids can see that this show is trying to pull off one thing. That awkward comedy is also for kids. I just feel like shooting myself seeing my sweet little brother turned so immature that that i would not be suprised if he ends up watching perverted shows and all of the stuff you don't want kids knowing about until college. Never watch this show even if someone puts you as sucessor for emporer of the world if you watch it, DON'T. This stuff is what you would find on cartoon network for immature teens and adults. NOT NICK! Over the past 2 years nickelodeon has turned into a pile of crap but now there really pushing it. Put child blocks on this show if you want your child or sibling you care about to be raised well. I wish i could give this show 0 stars but I can't. I wish this show was instantly cancelled which it probably will.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byadvocatewhat'sright June 2, 2013

Oh come ON! What is wrong with you people?!

You guys CANNOT be serious. You actually LIKE this abomination? Seriously? Oh, don't worry, I wasn't brainwashed by the main review, but by the COMMERCIALS. This show should NOT be shown to 8 and up! This is the kind of show one would expect to see on Cartoon Network, NOT NICK! It's clearly inappropriate for Nick viewers. I mean, first Marvin Marvin, then Wendel and Vinnie, and now this? WHY couldn't they just continue Victorious? It didn't even get a proper ending! AND it was supposed to end with 60 episodes, but they only gave us 58! Plus, it was pointed out that Nick shows usually end with Sixty-FIVE episodes! That's seven more eps we could have had! As for the show being original, it's basically a poor-man's Regular Show or Adventure Time. NOT ORIGINAL! But even those shows don't talk about things like BUTT TRANSPLANTS! I mean COME ON! Sanjay and Craig are perverted! They actually go out of their ways JUST to watch a butt transplant AND they walk around with their underwear! Regular Show is a LOT better than this, and it IS on Cartoon Network. And for "it has good friendship messages" that excuse does not cut it either! You want a story with unlikely friends? Watch The Fox and the Hound, Oliver & Company, Lilo & Stitch, Charlotte's Web, Bambi, Dumbo, The Adventures of Milo and Otis, or Gordy. ALL superior to this nonsense. So, in conclusion, I will add that only time will tell if these good reviews are real or not. And by that I mean, were the creators PAID to write that? Only time will tell if they were or not. But I won't be surprised when it turns out they WERE (I certainly hope so, for all that is sane in this world). Otherwise, the world as we know it must be ending. I may one of the last people on Earth to live if that's the case. -9000/10 UPDATE ON JUNE 8: Episode 5 (Heightmare) ripped off the SpongeBob episode Roller Cowards. That PROVES this show is not original!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bybakeranimator June 3, 2013

After Fanboy and Chum Chum, I didn't think it could get worse. HA!

Like I said, this show is dumber than Fanboy and Chum Chum. And that is REALLY saying something! I think my IQ went down about a hundred points after watching the first episode. The writing is more un-funny/irritating than Adventure Time. Do you know how you can usually tell if a show is not for kids just by looking at the way the characters are drawn? (South Park, Family Guy, etc.) Well I seriously thought this show was innapropreiate when I saw the commercial. And it SHOULD be. It is a shame that Nickelodeon had to go so low to make a few bucks. Do not let any kid of any age watch this. In fact, don't let any age watch this.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing