A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's nothing particularly educational here.
The series features stereotypical characters (ethnic stereotypes, mainly) and behavior that were considered socially acceptable at the time the show was produced, but aren't generally accepted today.
Positive Role Models
Tracy and his team are out to get the bad guys; some of them are better at it than others. Several main characters are extreme ethnic stereotypes.
Violence & Scariness
Some fantasy violence, but no one really gets hurt. Tracy uses a gun; villains also threaten people at gunpoint.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Villains often smoke cigars or cigarettes, which was typical of the time.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Dick Tracy Show is a classic animated detective series based on the comic strip character of the same name. It contains lots of cartoon violence, including some gun wielding, but it's not really frightening. Cigarette and cigar smoking is visible, too. There are some stereotypical characters that many would consider offensive by today's social standards, but that were common for the time the show was produced. Parents might want to check it out before letting younger kids watch.
Is It Any Good?
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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