Parents' Guide to

The ZhuZhus

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Lighthearted 'toon brings popular hamster toys to life.

The ZhuZhus Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

Personally the show is too noisy for me.

I'm an adult, and clearly this show isn't for me. But to listen to it playing without watching the show makes me want to rip my hair out of my head. The show has many different little voices that get annoying, and every little gesture made by characters is followed by some annoying little sound. Literally anything, the characters blinking or moving or any little thing! It drives me nuts and as soon as this show comes on I change the channel.
age 18+

An Overlooked Show That Needs More Love

When I found out that the Zhuzhu pets got their own show and got one season, I was like "Was it that bad?" So I watched and finished it this year in January and loved it. From its awesome theme song, terrific lead character Frankie, cute characters like Nums Nums and well written episodes, it's a show everyone should watch for those who love My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop. It so needs a second season and hopefully Nelvana and Disney will do it or I will have to push them to make it happen. Cute show, go watch it,

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (2):

This fast-paced cartoon's comical characters and frivolous scenarios lack substance, but they're entertaining enough to make you overlook the show's significant commercial ties. Exuberant Frankie's big ideas always get her into some kind of hot water that kids will find hilarious, like accidentally setting her parents aloft in an inflatable castle on their anniversary. Safe in the cartoon dimension's reality of minimal consequence, though, these kinds of predicaments play out in hilarious ways for her and her furry friends.

And speaking of those furry friends, they're more human than they are animal, letting the show have fun with the contrast between their domesticated lifestyles and their wild roots. They also have distinct personalities that will draw viewers to a favorite or two, increasing the likelihood that they'll notice related merchandise on the next trip to the store. The ZhuZhus does well to stand on its own entertainment merit, but it can't avoid commercial tie-ins altogether.

TV Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate