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The Secret Show



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

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.

Sexy stuff
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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.

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?


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?

TV details

Premiere date:September 16, 2006
Cast:Alan Marriott, Kate Harbour, Rob Rackstraw
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy
TV rating:TV-Y7

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

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.
Teen, 16 years old Written byibarncat November 18, 2011

Witty British spy spoof was worthy of 90s Nick

I didn't think this one could stand the test of time with me that well, but much to my pleasant surprise, it did. I thought it was really funny back in the day in 2007 and 2008, towards the end of the splat era, and it quickly became my favorite Nicktoons Network original series and one of the best Nick shows I knew. And it is still funny today. It is a highly amusing spy parody that has seemingly highly epic storylines, but they are filled with endings so unlikely to work that they are funny. It also has several running gags that are interesting: the Fluffy Bunny Show, Changed Daily's names, random appearances of the Secret Thing, appearances of Sweet Little Granny and her bunnys, and appearances of a spider. This truly is a very funny show for people who like shows that point out the flaws of overrated genras of television and movies. Also, anyone who remembers Get Smart and liked that will also like this.
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 25, 2012

I'm sad it got canceled.

This show was GREAT! The animation was nice as well as the acting.