The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Smart duo's time-travel escapades make for funny show.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show replays fictionalized versions of historical events and important players such as George Washington, Marco Polo, and the Wright brothers. 

Positive Messages

Learning about history can be exciting when you immerse yourself in it (and having a time machine to experience it firsthand doesn't hurt, either). Mr. Peabody and Sherman's relationship reminds viewers that families come in all shapes and sizes. Some stereotyping in certain characters, including a buxom, imposing African-American woman. The show pokes fun at characteristics of historical figures, as with Napoleon's stunted height, for example. Potty humor such as poop and butt jokes, plus images of boogers and vomit. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mr. Peabody obviously cares about Sherman and welcomes his input on all matters, and Sherman is always eager to learn what his father teaches. They're respectful of the historical figures they encounter, weathering their idiosyncrasies and keeping them on track to preserve the intended path of history. 

Violence & Scariness

Some historical segments are set during war and in other times of battle, with explosions and gunfire visible. It's not graphic or gory, but people are shown lying down as though they're dead. 

Sexy Stuff
Language

Lots of name-calling, including "idiot," "fool," and "dummy."  

Consumerism

The series is inspired by a movie that gives the characters' backstories.   

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show is an animated series that chronicles the continued adventures of a time-traveling genius dog and his human son, this time as hosts of a TV talk show. Famous historical figures visit them, and they travel back in time to witness events for themselves, which puts them in the middle of wars and in other situations that can be perilous. Expect some mild stereotyping for comic effect (notable physical features are exaggerated, for instance) and the occasional excrement, nose-picking, or butt joke. You'll also hear a fair amount of name-calling, including "dummies," "idiots," and "fools." On the upside, central to the story is an appealing father-son relationship that bucks tradition but proves the value of all different types of families. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byLauren S. June 7, 2018

Gross humor

My children reported to me that in one of the episodes they watched today, a character used his "butt" to play the piano, paint a painting, and print... Continue reading
Adult Written byTheThorne August 9, 2018

Emotion shaming

I was excited for this because I watched the original syndicated while growing up. I don't remember how many episodes in I was in my kid but it was turned... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 2, 2016

Pretty Cool Show

I enjoy this show and it has a lot of laughs! There are parts where jokes only adults would get take place. There's also lots of bathroom talk, like "... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old February 28, 2018

Super good!

Epic Time travel, funny mishaps, interrupting neighbors, it is the funniest cartoon I've seen in a while. A dog and his 10 year old boy hosting a show wit... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN SHOW puts the famous interspecies father-son duo in front of the cameras as late-night talk show hosts. Mr. Peabody -- aka the Smartest Dog in the World -- has primary hosting duties, introducing each segment and interviewing the historical figures who grace their stage courtesy of the time-bending WABAC machine of his own invention. His spunky human son, Sherman, runs segments of his own and accompanies his dad back in time to visit with famous figures on their own turf and to keep history on its intended track. As if things aren't complicated enough, chaos ensues when production personnel, friends, and even the stray neighbor drop by to see what's up on the show that night. 

Is it any good?

This animated series clearly looks to ride the coattails of the feature film's popularity, so viewers who enjoyed the unique pair's first round of escapades will find more to like here. It can feel jumbled at times, as though characters are vying for screen time and verbally elbowing each other out of the frame, but the helter-skelter format lends itself well to physical humor and comical caricatures of the folks it brings into the stories.

The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show is no fifth-grade history lesson, but the fact that it presents notable people and events in a way that's appealing for kids has its value. You can separate fact from fiction later (no, Napoleon didn't really throw a tantrum over a dessert while the Battle of Waterloo raged), but as a jumping-off point, it's enough that the show makes some awfully dusty subjects come alive in creative ways. And if your favorite aspect of the movie was the nontraditional but affectionate relationship between the dog and his human, rest assured it has a place of prominence in this format as well. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about time travel. Where in time would you visit if you could? Would you like to observe a certain event or take part in it? Whom would you like to meet? 

  • Kids: Why is it important to understand historical events and how they influenced how things stand today? What does it mean to say that if we disregard history, we are doomed to repeat it? What lessons can we take from those who have gone before us?

  • What is the basis for Mr. Peabody and Sherman's close relationship? How do their similarities help them overcome their differences? Can there be any limit on what defines a family?

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