The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron

Common Sense Media says

A boy genius concocts lots of wacky surprises.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Racial stereotyping occurs, though it's played off as part of life, rather than something to dwell on.

Positive role models

It's nice to have a super-smart kid be at the center of the action, and even nicer that his female rival, Cindy Vortex, is just as smart as Jimmy. Some of the show's lesser characters are a little stereotypical: i.e. Jimmy's mom is a self-sacrificing happy little housewife, Jimmy's pal Nick Dean is a handsome galoot that all the girls squeal over. But parents will appreciate the lack of colorful, glamorized bad guys, since Jimmy's conflict is usually saving the townspeople of Retroville from his own futuristic inventions.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Gadgets are very important to the characters on this show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is a lot of yelling and some stereotyping, but because the program has a vaudeville element, these facts do not detract from the quality of the viewing. In fact, the show has the cadence of a slapstick Broadway show and the energy of Bugs Bunny. Though it's not an educational half-hour in front of the television, the show features well-developed characters, humor, adventure, and a good sci-fi punch, which makes it superior viewing compared to other programs in its genre.

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Kids say

What's the story?

THE ADVENTURES OF JIMMY NEUTRON is a story about a boy genius who invents all sorts of gadgets and gizmos. He's not the coolest dude in his school, but he's not at all an outcast. In fact, James Issac Neutron leads a rather interesting life in Retroville, where his man-made dog Goddard and his neurotic best friend Wheezer accompany him on all sorts of adventures. Being a genius gives him plenty of ideas, which keeps things interesting for the viewers.

Is it any good?


Jimmy Neutron has all the trappings of a Nickelodeon show: the preteen peer pressure, the gadgets, the spacey parents. But it's clever enough and funny enough to have earned a devoted following. The script is generally well written and well executed -- the adults behind this show approach the project with apparent zeal. And even though it's not a subtle show, the faults are outweighed by the effort put into it. Kids will enjoy this program, while parents might get a kick out of some of the gags as well. And though the computer animation may seem a bit freaky for old-school animation fans, it does allow for quality special effects.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the inventions Jimmy creates and what he has learned from each of his gadget-driven adventures. What is the relationship between Jimmy and his schoolmates? What are the pressures and demands that his reputation as a "boy genius" have on him?

TV details

Cast:Debi Derryberry, Frank Welker, Rob Paulsen
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures, Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Written byAnonymous April 13, 2013

Not for kids.

Nudity = Show is not for kids.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written byEspumaMarina October 1, 2010

I always loved it

It was cute, I liked it. Its pretty funny actually, pretty clever ideas. Its sad though lately they're only showing episodes of it because of the new show about Sheen. I record some episodes for me and my brothers to watch. :)
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old November 15, 2009

Great kid show.

Very good show.It teaches kids a few lessons about science stuff and positive messages are given to the Tween audience.Grades 2-7 will love this show.Its a very good show that anyone can sit down and watch.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 17 years old Written byBlue-Bunny August 10, 2011


Jimmy Neutron is a fun-filled cartoon with plenty of stuff to keep the children entertained. Jimmy's inventions usually malfunction and he has to prevent them from causing anymore damage. His friends (Carl and Sheen) are very loyal to him and manage to stick with him, no matter how many times he screws up. Kids might also learn a few facts. As for comedy, the humor is lighthearted and the characters are hilarious. All-in-all, Jimmy Neutron is quite nostalgic and pretty neat at that.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models


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