The Secret Show

Common Sense Media says

Psst! Spoofy British spy 'toon is fun for tweens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The top agent team consists of a man and a woman who work well together and appear respectful of each other's talents. Potty humor includes storylines about a high-ranking leader who eats her boogers and a vicious wedgie attack on another prominent figure.

Violence & scariness

Lots of cartoon bumps, crashes, fist fights, and falls from heights, but no lasting injuries.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this British import cartoon about covert missions and top-secret agencies will have tweens laughing out loud with its witty humor, corny characters, and ridiculous storylines. The only potential eyebrow raiser for parents is the occasional dabble in potty humor (like a world leader who eats her boogers), but kids won't mind the gross factor. Obvious spy genre spoofs, offbeat humor, and the show's unique style might give parents a few giggles as well.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

THE SECRET SHOW chronicles the unyielding battle between a covert agency called U.Z.Z. (the good guys) and ultra-secret T.H.E.M. (The Horrible Evil Menace), a group striving to -- what else? -- take over the world. U.Z.Z. special agents Victor Volt (voiced by Alan Marriott) and Anita Knight (Kate Harbour) are the dauntless hero and heroine who manage time and again to outsmart the sly bad guys. Under the direction of their agency boss and his techie sidekick, Victor and Anita rely on standard spy-issue resourcefulness, cool-headed adaptability, and the occasional touch of luck to battle the world's ever-changing threats. Wherever there are killer toothbrushes, dance-prompting dream controllers, mysterious wedgie attacks on public figures, and countries floating into outer space, Victor and Anita can be found fighting for the safety -- and sanity -- of humanity.

Is it any good?

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Quirky field agents, ingenious (if not exactly evil) villains, ubiquitous black-suited security officials, and storylines with enough twists and turns to make a figure skater dizzy -- they're the stuff that the most memorable spy stories are made of. Fortunately for tweens, they're also what gives The Secret Show (a British import) its unique appeal.

Adventure-seeking tweens will find a lot to like in this comical cartoon, which is full of multi-tiered secrecy, offbeat characters, and highly unlikely scenarios. Parents who can see past the show's goofiness and occasional potty humor might also enjoy its clever wit and refreshing, retro-styled animation -- as well as the great spoofs on other spy conventions (convoluted plots, agents who always seem to be in the right place at the right time and manage to escape anything that comes their way, and so on).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about government agents and agencies. What are their functions/jobs? Why is it important to keep some of those jobs secret? Do any parts of this show seem at all believable? Should they, or is the purpose just to be silly? How does the animation style affect tweens' impression of the show? Would another style be better suited to it? Why or why not? How do you think a live-action version of this show might be different?

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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This show is so cool!

The episodes are funny, the music is good, this is one of my favorites (along with Avatar and Viva Pinata). My favorite episodes are The Ball of Spong, Purrfect Villan, and Mission to Monkeynut Island. In The Ball of Spong, aliens wanted to destroy Earth because they wanted The Ball of Spong, but in the end, Earth was saved in a funny way! In Purrfect Villan, Victor was teleported with a cat, and started acting like one. In Mission to Monkeynut Island, Victor and Anita explore an island.
Kid, 12 years old October 4, 2009
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The Secret Show= AWESOMENESS!!! =D

I used to watch this show last year before I went to school. I still love this show, but i guess it doesnt come on anymore. I love the proffesor proffeser guy!!! he is FUNNY!!! :D
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Adult Written byhuladancer April 9, 2008
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So freaking funny

My whole family likes this show.

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