Parents' Guide to

Tom and Jerry

By Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Cat and mouse face off in classic (but violent) cartoon.

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

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 33 parent reviews

age 4+

This is such a good show for kids.

This is indeed the best show i have watched ever! Parents need to know that this has 85% cartoon violence. In some episodes people are smoking but only a little. I am sure your kids will be fine watching this.

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Great role models
Too much violence
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age 5+

The Best Cartoon I EVER WACTHED AMAZING!!!!!!!!

Pls Watch Tom And Jerry But Make Sure Your Kid Is 5 Or Over!

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Too much violence
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (33):
Kids say (119):

Tom and Jerry is inarguably one of the most celebrated cartoons of all time. But that doesn't mean it's perfect for young viewers. In most episodes, Tom and Jerry casually smoke some form of tobacco. In the mouse trap episode, for example, Tom gives Jerry a cigarette before his supposed death, and Tom daydreams about smoking a Cuban cigar once Jerry is dead. Mild sexual innuendoes occasionally pop up, too; in one episode, Jerry uses a bra as a parachute to escape explosives.

But parents should be most concerned about the show's constant violence. Examples include Tom hitting a dog with a brick, Jerry blinding Tom with toothpaste, and Pecos the mouse (a guest character) using an ax to tear down a door. Other weapons such as guns, knives, and saws make regular appearances. (Obviously, there's a kernel of accuracy behind The Simpsons' extremely bloody Tom and Jerry parody, Itchy and Scratchy.) It's all played for laughs, but Tom and Jerry's unexplainable motives could prove confusing for younger viewers.

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