Parents' Guide to

The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Pervasive potty humor, pranks in books-inspired series.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 8+

Not good.

Very obnoxious. Filled with potty-humor. A lot of mischief and undermining authority with few positive lessons or take-aways at the end. This show has not been a good influence on my kids and is no longer allowed in our house.
age 7+

Awful and obnoxious

This show is over the top annoying. There is nobody with redeeming qualities. In the world of these kids everyone has an IQ of 1. It is not enjoyable to watch at all. It is like having a bunch of kids scream at you about nothing. It is not good for kids even though kids think it is funny. It should be marketed to teenagers.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (19 ):

Flatulence, vomit, poop jokes, butt references, and underwear laughs sum up this series that's slightly less enthralling than the film that preceded it. Once again, if this kind of humor isn't your cup of tea, then The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants episodes will feel like two-hour movies themselves. But if you have the stomach for the gross-out stuff, then you're sure to enjoy the show's creative use of mixed media (sock and stick puppetry included) and clever humor that includes the characters addressing the audience directly at times.

It's difficult to love Harold and George's inability to take anything seriously, and viewed through a real-world lens, their pranks have detention and grounding written all over them. But if you can see past that, there are some positive qualities in their friendship and their creativity. The boys' control over Mr. Krupp/Captain Underpants is a good opening for discussions about respecting authority figures, and the animation style's exaggerated representation of negative body traits encourages reminders of respect for differences. The bottom line? If your kids love the books and the movie, then they're sure to appreciate the laughs here as well.

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