The Banana Splits and Friends Show

TV review by
Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media
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Classic kids' show mixes cartoons and music.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 9 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

Some mild violence in some of the show's cartoon segments. For example, in Danger Island, pirates attack the protagonists -- but there's no bloodshed, and the fights are mainly executed in jest.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fun, zany classic kids' series doesn't pretend to have any educational objectives -- it's all about entertainment. Overall, the characters are enjoyable, and there's not really any offensive content, but the show lacks structure.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNeversideFaerie September 3, 2017

Harmless and very entertaining!

This is a fun, witty and immensely enjoyable anthology show for young children, featuring lots of toe-tapping tunes, colourful imagery and cartoon action. The c... Continue reading
Adult Written byMetal Daddy July 24, 2011

Mindless fun

This is just clean, mindless fun for youngsters. There are live action skits between the cartoons and kids will love it. I watched it when I was a kid and now m... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 9, 2021

Wholesome, silly, sometimes dumb fun for the family

The banana splits is a 1968 hanna barbera show loaded with laughs, music, and 60s cheesy, campy charm. A must watch. One of my favorite kids shows of ALL TIME
Teen, 15 years old Written byLittle Cutie September 17, 2020

This show is 10 times better than the movie!

The show had good role models, no cussing, no drugs or alcohol, no sexual activity, and had pretty good messages! Plus, it wasn't scary at all!
The movie w... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE BANANA SPLITS AND FRIENDS SHOW is a very '60s mix of live action and animation. During their original TV run from 1968-1970, the four wacky Splits -- Fleegle, a beagle (voiced by Paul Winchell); Bingo, a gorilla (Daws Butler); Drooper, a lion (Allan Melvin); and Snorky, an elephant (Don Messick) -- were considered The Beatles (or maybe The Monkees...) of kids' TV, with hits like "The Tra La La Song," "Wait Till Tomorrow," and "Long Live Love." When the Splits aren't singing, they're often driving around in go-carts and challenging their rivals, The Sour Grapes. They also take breaks to show some cartoons -- popular segments included Danger Island and The Arabian Nights.

Is it any good?

This series is no Baby Einstein, but it's a lot of fun, and it does expose kids to music -- which is always a good thing. In fact, one of the show's most endearing elements is its music. All of the songs are optimistic; many are about love. Kids will want to jam to the bubblegum pop, and parents will appreciate the late-'60s hippie flavor. It's worth noting that the show does have a rather psychedelic backdrop, and the influences of the late '60 are very evident.

Since it has so many different segments, the show changes gears all the time, which sometimes makes it feel a little unstructured. And the energy level is extremely high -- great for pumping a kid up before a soccer game, but less-than-ideal for pre-nap viewing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being silly and enjoying life. Why is it important to laugh and be silly sometimes? Do the Banana Splits enjoy life? Why is having fun such an important part of life?

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