The Epic Tale of Captain Underpants in Space

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Same potty humor, different setting in books-inspired show.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

This series is rife with potty humor, which is always good for laughs but adds little of substance to the content. Characters are mocked for quirky behaviors, and physical appearances are exaggerated for humor. On the other hand, there are moments that illustrate the value of teamwork and critical thinking to solve problems, and George and Harold's friendship always endures. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Many adult characters are cast as dim and easily outwitted by the kids they're supposed to be overseeing. Principal Krupp carries a grudge against a former classmate, which interferes in his willingness to see her as the authority figure that she is. The characters' actions rarely inspire any realistic consequences, so they get away with a lot of nonsense that they shouldn't.

Violence & Scariness

All kinds of accidents befall the characters in this story, but they’re obviously meant to be funny and never result in visible injuries. Kids are sucked into space, threatened by an oversized toilet monster, and faced with adult characters with nefarious goals. A man is tazed, and there are several exchanges that show people being slammed by large objects or having something heavy fall on them.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Insults like "stupid" and "dumb" usually are directed at objects or events rather than at other characters.

Consumerism

This series joins several other animated shows and a movie based on Dav Pilkey's books. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants in Space continues the adventures of George (voiced by Ramone Hamilton) and Harold (Jay Gragnani), the two fourth graders who created a superhero alter ego for their principal. Inspired by Dav Pilkey's book series, this intergalactic story relies on lots of potty humor and bathroom references for laughs. So you can expect repeated use of words like "whiz," "leak," and "turd," among other gems. The fact that George and Harold have a notable disrespect for authority figures fuels a lot of their outrageous adventures. You may want to remind kids that consequences are different in the real world. With some help, though, this books-based series can help persuade young readers to read about the characters' other adventures.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byUnikittyglitter August 25, 2020

Good but some potty humor

Great show! Some episodes teach lessons but it talks about butt, pee, poop and those type of stuff. Other than that, it’s a great show
Kid, 10 years old August 22, 2020

The same scatological and and potty humor - lack of story line.

This show could've done well, if the story was more interesting. It's mostly about George and Harold seeing a commercial on a TV for schools to visit... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byReckless3918 March 24, 2021

Fucking boring and bland.

I used to love captain underpants. It was my favorite book as a kid. I decided to watch the Netflix series. and it was BLAND. I was trying to just watch 3 episo... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE EPIC TALES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS IN SPACE, best friends Harold (voiced by Jay Gragnani) and George (Ramone Hamilton) learn that an agency called P.O.O.P.S.I.E. needs a school to volunteer for a new space program. Inspired by the antics on their favorite tv show, the two commit their elementary school to the mission and soon find themselves blasting off into space. What comes next involves an intergalactic toilet monster; a power struggle between Principal Krupp (Nat Faxon) and his high school rival, Captain Moxie Swaggerman (Secunda Wood); alien doppelgangers; and, of course, a scantily clad superhero who swoops in to save the day when his creators, George and Harold, need help.

Is it any good?

Having exhausted Earth’s capacity for silliness, Harold, George, and Captain Underpants take their irreverent show on the road to space in this outlandish story arc. The Captain Underpants franchise has capitalized on kids’ enthusiasm for potty humor and has a lot of fun with continued gross-out content in this new setting. Not surprisingly then, a viewer’s appreciation for a well-timed butt joke or reference to toilet habits is a key indicator in how well this miniseries will be received.

The Captain Underpants programming is a veritable poster child for successful book adaptations. While it might not be a favorite watch for some parents, it and others like it can help bridge the gap between screen entertainment and books for reluctant readers. The show’s value is minimal beyond some cheap laughs at the effects of zero gravity on vomit, for instance, but parents can capitalize on its popularity by encouraging kids to explore the characters’ other adventures in Pilkey’s books.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the irreverent humor in The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants in Space. Why are subjects like bathroom habits and body noises funny to some people? Do they make you laugh? Is there an age divide in how viewers respond to this kind of humor? 

  • Do the Captain Underpants adventures translate well from books to the screen? What other book adaptations have you enjoyed? Does watching these kinds of shows inspire you to read about the characters' further exploits? How do you balance screen time with screen-free activities?

  • What character strengths do you see in Harold and George? How do they assert themselves as leaders among their peers and, to a different degree, among the adults they're around? In what ways does their friendship help them overcome challenges? 

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