Parents' Guide to

The InBESTigators

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Kid detectives solve mysteries in charming Aussie comedy.

TV Netflix Comedy 2019
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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 32 parent reviews

age 7+

Stereotypes.... otherwise a good show

Just considering the plot and the narratives, this show is wholesome and interesting. It is fun to watch, even for me as an adult. The problem I find with this otherwise 4-5 star show is their portrayal of Ezra and Kyle. Ezra, an Asian boy, is very smart and is a math wiz. The black kid, Kyle is very athletic, but his intelligence level is far below the other kids. I get that they probably wanted to assign each kid some specialty and characterization so that as a team, they can each use their strengths and contribute to solving problems. However they really don’t have to make Kyle look that dumb every time and Ezra so good with tech/math.
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age 13+

Another reviewer called this wholesome. I don't know how kids talking about divorce is wholesome!

Little kids talking about their parents getting divorced is not my idea of kid-friendly TV. Certainly not suitable for my 8-year-old.
3 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (32 ):
Kids say (21 ):

This hilarious mockumentary comedy is a delight to watch along with kids. The little actors' lines are often dripping with kid-friendly sarcasm and good-natured humor, and these cheeky kid detectives will keep parents chuckling along with their young viewers. The mysteries in The InBESTigators are generally low stakes (missing bake sale money, prank callers, a turtle thief), but sophisticated enough to keep big kid viewers engaged and guessing along. The morals and values that get emphasized once a mystery is solved are relevant to young tweens.

It's delightful to see super smart Maudie take charge on the investigations, but it can also seem like there are stereotypes attached to Ezra and Kyle. Aside from this critique, the show has role-model worthy characters, life lessons that don't come off as preachy, and adults who largely trust kids to solve their own problems; it's an enjoyable, age-appropriate comedy for tweens, and parents will be entertained as well.

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