Squish

TV review by
Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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Grade school amoeba friends are silly, so-so role models.

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

Educational Value

Episodes teach biology concepts like viruses, single-cell organisms, and more.

Positive Messages

Some positive messages about telling the truth, communicating with friends, and more; some negative behavior takes a while to be resolved and the lessons may be lost on kids.

Positive Role Models

Some positive behavior by characters, but often there's a bit of a lag between when a character makes a poor choice and when they suffer the consequences, so the lessons may be lost on kids. Lots of gender-based stereotypes throughout.

Violence & Scariness

Moderate meanness between characters which is reconciled by the end of the episode. Some slapstick violence not involving weapons (characters being squished against a wall or flung through the air, with no lasting injuries). Some adventure-based scariness where characters are in a bit of danger.

Sexy Stuff

A few episodes have plots that focus on crushes and dating. Characters hold hands and kiss on the cheek. The main amoeba character occasionally has visible buttocks.

Language

Occasional moderate verbal hostility between characters. Infrequent mild language like "jerk" or phrases meant to mimic insults (like "plama-puss").

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Squish is based on Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm's book series about an amoeba kid named Squish (voiced by Cory Doran). Squish and his friends are ultimately goodhearted, but there's also some moderate meanness and verbal hostility among the characters -- though it's typically resolved by the end of each episode. You can also expect slapstick violence and adventure-based scariness, as well as occasional mild language like "jerk" or phrases used to mimic insults (like "plasma-puss"). A few episodes focus on crushes and dating, characters kiss on the cheek, and Squish's amoeba body sometimes has visible buttocks.

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What's the story?

Squish follows the adventures of Squish (voiced by Cory Doran), a grade-school-aged amoeba who's a "tiny little cell with a giant attitude." He lives in a microscopic town called Small Pond with his best friends Pod (Brandon McGibbon), a nerdy scientist amoeba, and Peggy (Krystal Meadows), a sunshine and rainbows-focused paramecium. Together, they navigate the typical social dramas of kids in upper elementary school like social media posts on "Germbook," misunderstandings between friends, and crushes. But because they're single-celled organisms, they also have to worry about issues like Vinny the Virus (Rob Tinkler), a clingy friend who just keeps replicating himself. They make plenty of mistakes as they try to solve their problems, and there are lots of laughs along the way.

Is it any good?

Kids will love this show's funny conceit (all the characters are cells) and slapstick jokes. They'll probably also learn a little something new about cell biology through Squish's mad-scientist friend, Pod. However, while Squish and crew aren't awful, adults may find themselves wishing for better role models. There's a fair amount of meanness between characters. It's not over the top and is probably a realistic reflection of kids' experiences, but parents may not want to plant any additional seeds in their kids' heads.

The characters do eventually learn their lessons, but each iffy choice takes a while to resolve and so it's more likely kid viewers will remember the negative stuff and not the positive takeaway. Peggy might set off some grown-up feminist alarm bells; she's the show's only main female character and is very stereotypically girly, appears less smart than the boys, and is one-dimensional.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Squish and his friends' choices. What do you think they could have done differently that would have led to less trouble?

  • What do you think about Peggy? Some people may think that she's a stereotype of girls, representing that girls are always happy and only focused on "girly" things like love, rainbows, and babies. Do you agree or disagree?

  • Each episode contains a "scientific fact." What parts of science are most interesting to you? Amoebas and cells? Chemistry? Is there anything you'd like to learn more about?

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