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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Episodes teach biology concepts like viruses, single-cell organisms, and more.
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Occasional moderate verbal hostility between characters. Infrequent mild language like "jerk" or phrases meant to mimic insults (like "plama-puss").
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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.
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.
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