The Amazing World of Gumball

Common Sense Media says

Colorful cartoon is full of silly laughs and scrapes.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive messages

Gumball’s penchant for trouble offers plenty of opportunity to learn lessons, but overall he’s oblivious to the repercussions of his actions and never suffers because of them. Gross-out humor is common and includes vomiting and the idea of eating food that’s been chewed and spit out. The show emphasizes gender roles in the home, with the mom doing the lion's share of the housework even though she's also the breadwinner.

Positive role models

Gumball’s father is a mostly out-of-touch stay-at-home dad, leaving most of the housekeeping and child-rearing duties to his wife, who's also the breadwinner. Gumball's mother often responds to stress by punching walls and breaking things. Gumball tries to fix his own messes rather than asking his parents for help, but he usually winds up making things worse in the process.

Violence & scariness

Characters are impervious to cartoon-style accidents like falling from the sky and landing face-first on concrete. Although it’s intended to be funny, there’s some slapping, punching, and kicking among siblings, and their mom responds to stress by punching through walls and breaking household objects.

Sexy stuff

Gumball’s dad occasionally walks around in his underwear, which shows some of his butt when he bends over. Some storylines revolve around crushes or boyfriend/girlfriend dynamics.

Language

Occasional use of "butt." 

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that absurdity is a constant in this unpredictable cartoon about a mischievous boy and his willing goldfish-turned-sibling accomplice. The show's colorful animation and unusual characters will make an impression on viewers, and the exaggerated troubles that Gumball finds himself in may be relatable to kids' experiences with handling responsibility and following directions. Most of the violence is pretty unrealistic (surviving a fall from the sky, for instance), and Mom herself turns to smashing and punching things when tension’s at a breaking point, which is often. That said, the young characters' attempts to mend the scrapes they find themselves in and the show's overall wacky view of the world -- and the unique people in it -- are sure to garner some chuckles.

Parents say

What's the story?

THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL centers on the misadventures of a 12-year-old cat named Gumball (voiced by Logan Grove), for whom chaos at home is nothing compared to the scrapes he can conjure up for fun. Accompanied by his good friend and former goldfish, Darwin (Kwesi Boakye) -- who shocked the Watterson family by sprouting legs and moving in with the family as an honorary kid -- and his genius younger sister, Anais (Kyla Rae Kowalewski), Gumball is never lacking big ideas for fixing the problems he finds himself in. But even when he's patched things up as best he can, he's still got to own up to his shenanigans to his frazzled mom, Nicole (Teresa Gallagher).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Full of quirky characters (peanuts and bananas, for starters) and a lot of over-the-top humor, Gumball's world is a place where kids' wildest imaginings will likely come to pass. Usually it's his good intentions that get him into trouble, and his subsequent attempts to fix the problem actually wind up forcing him into a deeper hole, a situation that some viewers can probably sympathize with. Kids will see the humor in Gumball's failed efforts -- like trying to pass off a cardboard DVD replica as one he ruined from a rental store -- but the fact that the learning process usually is lost on him means there aren't any real lessons to be found here.

Expect some of the typical gross-out humor (puking and the like) that's guaranteed to keep kids' interest and some fairly frequent cartoony violence (punching, kicking, extreme accidents) with little real-world effect. If parents tune in, they'll notice another layer of humor aimed at the family dynamics, with the mom filling the roles of both breadwinner and housekeeper and the dad amounting to very little. Unfortunately her work overload sometimes means she's stressed to the max and resorts to shouting and punching walls, but in calmer moments, her kids are her world.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about comedy. Do you find this show funny? What parts of it do you like the most? How does the animation style contribute to the comedy? Which characters strike you as the funniest? Why?

  • Kids: How do you handle stress? What kinds of things stress you out the most? How does stress affect your body and mind? How does it impact your ability to do well in school or participate in extracurricular activities? What coping techniques exist to help?

  • Kids: What are your family’s rules about watching TV? Do you have daily or weekly time limits? How do you know if a show is appropriate for you? Why do your parents establish these rules? What are some activities you enjoy besides watching TV?

TV details

Cast:Kwesi Boakye, Logan Grove, Teresa Gallagher
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures, Book characters
TV rating:TV-Y7-FV
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byIceFlamer14 May 18, 2011
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Great Show.

This show is great, but here are some things to watch out for: There is violence, but not too much to freak your kids out. There is also humor, and good role models & messages, and the mom always teaches Gumball and Darwin the rights and wrongs, so there is plenty of good messages. Note: In one episode, Gumball was naked, but it was blurred out, don't worry, its not that bad. Personally, I think this show is great!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byT.V. Review Cri... May 19, 2011
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

educational

Actually, I resent that it is not educational. For example, I learned how to put out electrical fires properly (to never use water) but most importantly, to call the fire department. I also learned what can happen when you scrub with the wrong side of a sponge.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old May 11, 2011
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

A replacement for Chowder winds up as a great idea!

To me this is sort of a replacement for Chowder. The show is awesome! There is some mild cartoon violence which is not really a problem. In one episode, there is frequent discussions about having a boyfriend or a girlfriend. At the end two friends (boys) kiss by accident when trying to kiss a girl. There is also an episode where the main character is nude, but it is blurred. The main character's friend is in love with the main character because she is dressed like a girl because he lost his clothes. This show will make you laugh big time. Well if you are like a tween or something. Although it is not really educational, I did learn something about fires! When there is an electrical fire, you should not use water. You use the fire extinguisher and call the fire department. Other than that, it is just a silly laughs for all cartoon meant for entertaining kids!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex

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