The Proud Family

TV review by
Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Relatable stories, good role models, zany comedy.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 26 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids will take away positive lessons about family.

Positive Messages

The show emphasizes the importance of strong family ties (even if you don't always get along) and pride in yourself.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are a diverse, generally accepting bunch. Penny can be very sarcastic and talks back to just about anyone who gets in her face, but she also loves her family. Penny's parents are involved and responsible and always urge her to do the right thing. On the downside, there's some stereotyping.

Violence & Scariness

None shown, but three sisters are school bullies who threaten kids and take their allowance.

Sexy Stuff

Some risque comments and innuendo from the grandmother, Suga Mama.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Proud Family isn't like others in which race is incidental to the situation comedy. Instead, the show depicts Penny and her friends as the African-American kids they are.

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User Reviews

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

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I've seen a couple of episodes, and it was just okay. I like that the roles are almost all minority characters, but there were some racial jokes about Cau... Continue reading
Adult Written bymsbubbles4ya April 9, 2008

Laughed so hard 'til I cried!

Hey Proud Family,You are doing a beautiful thing with your show. I wouldn't change a thing about it. If I might add, it would be just lovely if you had a t... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMusiclovergig July 20, 2020

Pretty good show

Classic Disney show that’s important
Kid, 11 years old July 15, 2020

Wrong on many levels

My little sis started watching it about a month ago. I wanted to watch something with her so we watched a few episodes. After those few, I realized somethings.... Continue reading

What's the story?

Many cartoons offer a mixed-race cast of sweet kids who all basically look and act the same and barely resemble real kids. THE PROUD FAMILY tries something different. The series features only one white character and attempts to bring African-American culture to the foreground. Destiny's Child sings the show's theme song, and other African-American artists and performers make guest appearances. Executive producer Bruce Smith began his own studio with the goal of producing ethnically diverse projects, and modeled The Proud Family partly on his own family.

Is it any good?

Viewers who've been taught cultural sensitivity might wonder if it's OK to laugh when Penny (voiced by Kyla Pratt) gives her slim white friend Zoey (Soleil Moon Frye) a makeover and puts a pillow in her skirt to give her more backside. And parents may question the political point of having a famous basketball player named Wizard Kelly be obscenely wealthy, owning everything in town. When positive depictions of a culture are already underrepresented on television, is it OK for a cartoon to exaggerate cultural traits and poke fun at them?

Whatever your family thinks about the cultural and ethnic balances of the show, The Proud Family offers kids approaching or entering their teens relatable stories, strong parental role models, and zany comedy from the colorful family. Penny's mother and father (a veterinarian and snack maker, respectively) push her to do the right things socially and in school and in turn learn a lot about their daughter's independent character and maturity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the media tends to depict minority groups. What stereotypes have you seen in TV shows and movies? Do you think any of them appear here? If so, how are they used?

  • Is it possible to use stereotypes positively?

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