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The Healing Powers of Dude

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Uneven comedy about anxiety encourages empathy, diversity.

TV Netflix Comedy 2020
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+

Spreads false information on service dogs

Hello, as the handler of a mobility assistance, medical alert, and psychiatric alert and response service dog, content like this irritates me. Dude is an "emotional support dog" which are in no way related to service dogs, nor do they have the same rights as them. While some people think that exposing children to false information through a children's show isn't that serious, it is important to know that service dog fraud is a misdemeanor in the United States and the concequences can come with a large fine and jail time not to mention how dangerous it is for real service dog handlers when someone brings an untrained dog in public spaces putting both the handler and the task trained service dog at risk. Please go to for more information on service dogs, their purpose, and their rights in the United States and if you are hoping to educate your young ones on service dogs this is not the content to show them. Thank you. 🐾🦮💗
age 6+

I hate this show.

I hate this show sm. It's so cringe and they teach poorly about social anxiety disorder and I have it so I have every right to say so. The parents are also so poorly executed. Please make a better show I'm begging.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (14 ):

This hopeful series encourages awareness and understanding about what may be an unfamiliar condition in Noah's anxiety disorder. Because The Healing Powers of Dude tries to split time between the reality of Noah's struggles and the comical, often sarcastic opinions of his mutt companion, the overall presentation feels somewhat inconsistent. It's no Wonder, but there's slapstick, a goofy sidekick, a hapless principal, and many manners of tween foibles, as well as some exceedingly sympathetic moments in which Noah's anxiety threatens to swallow him up (literally, thanks to the show's visual effects that simulate his panic sensations). Both aspects of the story are worthwhile, but the constant shift from one to the other distracts rather than enhances the whole.

That said, the show clearly has merit, and it's always refreshing to see a show that makes an effort to promote diversity on the screen. Noah's condition is discussed at length, of course, but his friend Amara's physical disability (though visible) is not, nor is she hindered by it. Ultimately this speaks to the show's messages about choosing kindness, respecting diversity, and being confident in yourself regardless of what makes you different. And while the somewhat corny ruminating-dog shtick might be off-putting for adults who watch, it likely will help keep kids' interest in the show.

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