Parents' Guide to

The Banana Splits and Friends Show

By Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Classic kids' show mixes cartoons and music.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

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 characters of Fleegle, Drooper, Bingo and Snorky have a lot of kid-appeal and their silly antics are bound to tickle young viewers. As for the cartoon/live-action segments, Danger Island is very campy and features some stereotypes, but the Three Musketeers and the Arabian Nights are well-written with great characters and humour. There is some mild violence in them but it's very comical and does not undermine the messages of teamwork and friendship. This show was also my introduction to the aesthetic and style of the 1960s and as a result I've been a fan of the 60s ever since!
age 2+

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 my kids watch it and they range in age from 2 to 13. Sid and Marty Kroft had their hands in this and any child of the '70s know those folks. This is much better than some of the stuff being pumped out today.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (11 ):

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.

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