A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This show is intended to entertain, not educate.
Sigmund's reason for leaving his family is that he refuses to be mean and scare humans. His friends Johnny and Scott show how friends and family can be loving in contrast to Sigmund's family.
Positive Role Models
Sigmund, Johnny, and Scott are loyal friends who work together to overcome adversity and are thoughtful and kind. Sigmund's family's unkindness is played for laughs. Female characters are in short supply, and are almost always villains when they appear.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is very cartoonish with no combat or injuries. But it can be scary when Sigmund's brothers chase and sometimes capture him while thunderous music plays.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Johnny and Scott's guardian, housekeeper Zelda, is often preparing for a date with her boyfriend and hoping he will ask her to marry him.
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Brothers Burp and Slurp often call Sigmund names or use critical language, including "fool" and "disappointment."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sigmund and the Sea Monsters is mostly inoffensive, nostalgic fun and may be enjoyable for parents and kids to watch together. Young kids might get a bit spooked when Sigmund's sea monster brothers chase and try to capture him while thunderous music plays. Sigmund's family rarely appears but when they do they are unkind to the peaceful Sigmund, and sometimes call him names, like "fool." The show's messages of kindness and friendship emerge, despite the overall cheesiness of the production.
Is It Any Good?
Like the Krofft brothers' other shows, this show is amateurly acted and cheaply produced, with extremely unconvincing rubber costumes that may be a deal-breaker for modern kids. On the other hand, they may enjoy spotting such bloopers as stuck eyeballs and actor clothing sticking out from beneath the awful costumes.
Plotlines are classic kid-show stuff, silly and predictable, with a notable amount of scariness and tension as Sigmund is repeatedly stalked, chased, and captured. But the cheerful attitude of the kids and the light-hearted adventures might fascinate kids who have never seen anything like it. Nostalgic parents might want to watch, too, and sing along to the corny theme song, "Friends."
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