Parents' Guide to

Ten Year Old Tom

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Mature humor, quirky characters in animated series.

TV Max Comedy 2021
Ten Year Old Tom Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+


Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (3 ):

With appealingly quirky characters and a bone-dry cringe-humor orientation, this animated sitcom calls to mind ironic 1990s stalwarts like King of the Hill and Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. Tom is a well-meaning kid surrounded by absolute absurdity, always falling into terrible situations through no fault of his own (though it should be said he protests weakly at best). A typical scenario is the one found in the first episode, when Tom opens up to Nelson about his fears that he's not a good enough baseball player to join the school team. His school bus driver, who believes that Tom is going to miss out on all the "tail" baseball players get, convinces the boys to visit the local mall with him to buy some "juice." It would seem at first that said bus driver is pushing steroids on Tom and Nelson, but since the segment ends with the driver making a speech at a baseball game with emotional music in the background, you can guess things don't work out exactly that way.

Even when the "A" story isn't that grabby, viewers will be carried along happily on a tide of odd side characters, like the dark-night-of-the-soul ice cream truck driver (David Duchovny), who reflects aloud that the happiness and energy of his young customers really makes him want to blow his brains out. Or the cashier who responds with bewilderment when Tom and Nelson demand to buy $6,000 worth of Klondike bars at his convenience store: "This is such a weird challenge from two children." Tom's ill-fated misadventures are ones you'll want to go on.

TV Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate