The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
A boy genius concocts lots of wacky surprises.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 70 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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
Sexy Stuff

Gadgets are very important to the characters on this show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytnlarose June 26, 2018

Love This Show

It is a very funny cartoon about a boy who solves problems with his friends and his robot dog. The only bad thing about this show is that parents are treated li... Continue reading
Adult Written byBethany R. November 11, 2017
Kid, 12 years old February 21, 2021


Jimmy Neutron is NOT for kids. I don't know what Common Sense Media is thinking. This horror movie is too scary for kids. I was so scared that I left the r... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bykihroudy-san. July 18, 2020

Really entertaining.

Man, the show was supposed to be educational (it was funded my the American Education People or something), but just came of as really ridiculous, which is grea... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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