A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show is designed to entertain rather than educate -- the penguins' hare-brained schemes shouldn't be taken as problem-solving tips for kids.
Even "bad" characters usually learn lessons -- like that it's wrong to always try to be right.
Positive Role Models
The penguins use their smarts and teamwork to solve problems. Animal characters occasionally engage in rude behavior, like burping without saying "excuse me."
Violence & Scariness
Animals get injured in various ways -- by pushing, falling, slapping, getting crushed by rocks, etc. But it's all played for laughs, and no one is ever seriously hurt.
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Cheeky words like "booty" are as bad as it gets.
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Products & Purchases
Part of the Madagascar line of products.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The penguins are often shown sipping tropical concoctions -- but they're non-alcoholic smoothies.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids who haven't already seen the Madagascar movies -- where the scene-stealing penguins got their start -- may or may not be interested in the shenanigans presented here, because the series doesn't offer any backstory (exactly who these penguins and their other friends are is never explained). There's also a bit of iffy behavior like cartoon violence and burping that parents wouldn't want their kids emulating on a good day. But on the whole, this is harmless entertainment.
Is It Any Good?
Bottom line? Thanks to random plot lines and less-intricate animation, this Nickelodeon series isn't quite as good as the movies that inspired it. But if you love the Madagascar characters, you'll be thoroughly entertained.
Kids, especially, are bound to giggle when the penguins spring into action with the show-stealing Mission: Impossible antics that made them famous.
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