Sanjay and Craig

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Crudity and absurdity abound in best pals' misadventures.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 49 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 108 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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.

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 COMMER... Continue reading
Parent Written byTayliz7 June 13, 2013

Awful show.

Personally I hate the show, and I watch Nickelodeon cartoons constantly. This isn't the type of stuff I'd want my son to pick up on or find funny, gra... Continue reading
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 shoo... Continue reading
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... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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