The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy



Scary, cynical, gross, and not meant for kids.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Anything goes when the Grim Reaper is your best friend.


Some ghoulish images, especially of the Grim Reaper himself, are visually scary. His body is a skeleton that goes to pieces at times and then reconstructs. Also, he carries a scythe and threatens to put people to rest.

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Lots of potty humor.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this show isn't really appropriate for younger kids, even though it might be popular with the 7 and up set. Some moments are truly scary and disgusting -- and too much for a young child to handle. Some ghoulish images, especially of the Grim Reaper himself, are visually scary. His body is a skeleton that goes to pieces at times and then reconstructs. Also, he carries a scythe and threatens to put people to rest. On the other hand, those old enough to have a good sense of self might enjoy this program. It's clever, bizarre, and funny. It has the appeal that Ren and Stimpy held for college kids, paired with a dark element that tweens and teens might enjoy.

What's the story?

It's you and me against the world," says Mandy the anti-heroine of THE GRIM ADVENTURES OF BILLY AND MANDY. "We attack at dawn." Mandy (Grey DeLisle) is a character who never smiles, is ridiculed by the popular kids in her class, and who plays poker with the Grim Reaper (Greg Eagles), her best friend. She's unwittingly paired with her dimwit brother Billy (Richard Steven Horvitz), who thinks that shampoo and dog poo are the same thing.

Is it any good?


Goofy punchlines, obscure cultural references, and weird plotlines are what make this show tick. Parents will want to watch an episode or two to be certain that this program is OK for their kids. This brand of absurd humor certainly isn't for everyone, so double-check to make sure it's on target with your family's viewing parameters.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether the show is meant to be scary or not. Why would a show aimed at kids include the Grim Reaper as a character? Does he scare you, or do you find him funny? Why?

TV details

Cast:Greg Eagles, Grey DeLisle, Richard Steven Horvitz
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Book characters
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 0 years old December 5, 2009


I think that many of the adults on this site are being positivley ridiculous.You grew up with thinks like Loony Tunes and all that crap yet you slam Billy and Mandy? It is actually no different to what you already know.People say I am exactlly like Mandy,and no it is not from "influence" of the show either,I was like it anyway.The cartoon style isn't scary you may say that Grim is scary in his own right,well that is garbage.Most kids can freaking draw him,and if they are scared of it then they must be sensitive.Kids need to know about this stuff some day,so let them get it from a cartoon instead of some pinhead at the park.And yeah I am only 11,but whoose to say that im not more mature then the majority of you on here?
Teen, 13 years old Written byThe Fooshster January 1, 2011

Best show on CN

I love this show. Sure, Mandy and Grim aren't the nicest characters, and Billy IS a total idiot. But that's what gives this show its character. The info given on Common Sense Media is most likely with ages 8 and under in mind. It's really not that terrible, a few potty jokes here and there but otherwise it's a REALLY GREAT show! :D
Teen, 14 years old Written bySLENDER January 6, 2014

its awesome

its totally awesome!!!! meerdog and others saying that iys bad go to sleep and get off this website haters!
What other families should know
Too much violence


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