The Powerpuff Girls



Sugar, spice, and mayhem -- not for young kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Good vs. evil is the main theme here.

Positive role models

The girls are superheroes. They have superpowers that allow them to physically fight evil characters, but they are also nice and sweet.

Violence & scariness

Mass cartoon destruction and lots of hitting and attacking -- all in the name of saving the world before bedtime.

Sexy stuff

The mayor's assistant is very seductive, though her face is never shown.

Not applicable

It's not as bad as it used to be, but for awhile PG merchandise was everywhere.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cute, highly stylized series thrills the senses with its strange characters, funny situations, and lots of lowbrow humor. The message throughout is that violence is fun -- even if it's sugar-coated with giggles and hearts and high-pitched baby voices. Some of the evil characters are scary to look at, with sharp teeth and claws as well. The series swings from innocence to extreme violence in no time flat, so be on guard when it's playing.

What's the story?

Blossom (voiced by Cathy Cavadini), Bubbles (Tara Strong), and Buttercup (Elizabeth Daily) were brought into the world quite by accident when klutzy Professor Utonium (Tom Kane) spilled a bottle of Chemical X into a formula that was intended to make "little girls." After the accident, sugar and spice and everything nice morphed into three fighting dynamos called THE POWERPUFF GIRLS, whose goal is to "save the world before bedtime."

Is it any good?


Sure, they're cute, and the animation is nicely stylized, but it provides a thin veil for the series' violent undertones. Some might say that The Powerpuff Girls is meant to empower little girls -- to give them their own action heroes. But back here on Earth, it seems like the show's goal is to turn them into fighting machines. Whether this type of empowerment is helpful or harmful is something to discuss. Checking in with your kids about how they feel after watching a scary or brutal episode might be a way to gauge whether this show is appropriate for them. Otherwise, consider saving it for an age when they can differentiate between play and unusually violent behavior.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the show's violence. Why do all of the girls' problems need to be solved via mayhem and destruction? Is it the villains' fault, or could the girls resolve their conflicts in other ways? Do you think viewers are meant to take the violence seriously, or is it all "good cartoon fun"? Can the littlest viewers understand the distinction?

TV details

Cast:Cathy Cavadini, Elizabeth Daily, Tara Strong
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Superheroes, Adventures, Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 17 years old Written byAmanda Please September 25, 2011

Don't listen to Common Sense Media.

To everyone that thinks this show is violent and not at all appropriate for kids: I grew up on this show, literally. To this day, I still watch this show and the movie; I'm 17 years old. This show was/is amazing, and I thoroughly enjoy watching it--no matter how many times I've seen the episode already! Oh, and FYI, I'm a goody-two-shoes. I don't drink, ever, I don't do any sort of drugs, I follow the rules, I would NEVER even DREAM of hurting someone (physically or emotionally), and I get good grades. I have friends, I want to be a pharmacist or a teacher, I'm going to college soon... Hm...I think I turned out pretty well for someone who watched a "violent" and "full of mayhem" show.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old August 3, 2011

CN has to put the show back on.

Awesome show! It is funny. I have been watching this show ever since I was 2. And I don't find it too girly. I mean girls who are superheroes, what girls do that? Boys can watch the show too. I am a dude, and I love this show.
Teen, 14 years old Written bySilverSnake July 24, 2010

Its okay

Oh for crying out loud people, they do not curse in this show, grow up! I watched this show sinse I was little, it aint my favorite, but I've seen enough to know weither they curse or not, geeze. They aren't that violent, the only thing I would worry about is Ms.Bellum's a little sedusive, and she flirts as a motive, and the villins are sometimes really scary.. Him kind of reminds me of the devil. Otherwise, not bad at all! Some people over exagerate. I understand some people hate the show, thats fine, just don't make up lies thats pathetic. (No offence guys) Oh, and the closest thing I saw with drugs was the Profeser smokes a pipe.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value


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