Parents' Guide to

The Dick Tracy Show

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Classic cartoon mixes detective work, guns, and stereotypes.

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The Dick Tracy Show is a compilation hard-boiled detective vignettes that have been infused with elements of comedy, including running gags and referents to the comic strip from which it was born. Meanwhile, the colorful cast of characters are parodies of pop culture icons of the time, including Sherlock Holmes, Boris Karloff, and The Untouchables, as a way of paying homage to them.

There is humor in it, but some of these caricatures (namely Jitsu and "Go-Go" Gomez) are extremely stereotypical. Meanwhile, little of the action surrounds Tracy himself, who seems to only appear long enough to assign detectives to investigations, and just in time to see the criminals caught. But the stories do offer both kids and adults some classic cartoon fun.

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