The Powerpuff Girls

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Sugar, spice, and mayhem add up to a frenetic and fun world.
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Parents say

age 8+
Based on 34 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 93 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Good vs. evil is the main theme here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The girls are superheroes. They have superpowers that allow them to physically fight evil characters, but they're also creative, nice, and sweet, respecting their family bonds and relationship with their dad/creator.

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.

Language
Consumerism

It's not as bad as it used to be, but for a while merchandise was everywhere on this show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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. It's a lot of fun but does focus on the girls' fighting powers -- even if they're 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. Tweens and teens will get more out of the show's goofy gags and tongue-in-cheek dialogue than will young kids, who might take the cartoonish violence at face value.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byutonium4 April 9, 2008

Too Many Role Models to Chose From

PowerPuff Girls is a classic and perhaps the most feminist cartoon ever made. The girls have personalities that range from tomboy to cutesy to braniac and the v... Continue reading
Adult Written byJEDI micah May 25, 2012

Sugar, spice, and everything nice!

I guess the show is alright. It is actually pretty violent for a kids show that is rated TV-Y7, but all of it is cartoonish. I like it!
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 t... Continue reading
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 t... Continue reading

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 this is still your standard superhero setup. Some might say that The Powerpuff Girls is meant to empower little girls -- to give them their own action heroes -- while others might see the frenetic fighting as over-the-top and not a great influence. Checking in with your younger 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. But tweens and teens will get a kick out of the bubbly, butt-kicking trio and their adventures. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the show's violence. Why do all 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?

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