A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
The show glorifies an unlikely -- and mostly undeserving -- hero in Dudley Puppy, who rarely earns the accolades he receives since he relies mostly on dumb luck to overtake the bad guys. He and Kitty must work hard to try to become a team, since her talent and expertise at her job take a backseat to Dudley's accidental heroism.
Positive Role Models
Dudley never bothers to use common sense or reasoning to solve problems, relying instead on sheer luck and the bad guys' ineptitude to do it for him. On the other hand, Kitty is dedicated to her job, training hard to hone her skills -- but she's always upstaged by Dudley's luck.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of unrealistic cartoon violence. Laser gun duels, death-defying drops, and martial-arts style fighting end in little more than minor scrapes that are healed in moments.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kitty Katswell's skimpy, form-fitting clothing accentuates her curvy physique.
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No cursing, but plenty of name-calling and language like "butt," "moron," "idiot," and "buttmunch."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this action-packed cartoon, while funny, has iffy messages for kids and tweens. Main character Dudley doesn't take his job seriously, yet by sheer luck he manages to outshine his more dedicated partner every time. Despite her talents, it's Kitty's attractive appearance and overly emotional response to Dudley's successes that are memorable. There's also a surprising amount of marginal language -- including a lot of name-calling -- in the show, including "butt," "moron," and "buttmunch."
Is It Any Good?
T.U.F.F. Puppy's blend of totally unrealistic content and extreme characterizations can be entertaining, but unfortunately those same qualities make it a less than optimal choice for young kids. While tweens might be able to see the ironic humor in a partnership as lopsided as Kitty and Dudley's, younger kids won't, and the messages they'll pick up from the characters' interactions will reflect the fact that Dudley's accidental heroism always outshines Kitty's careful training and rule following. In other words, the show tells kids that it's better to be lucky than to be prepared.
Even iffier for this age group is all the name-calling between the characters. Parents will cringe to hear Kitty refer to Dudley as "moron," "idiot," and even "buttmunch" on a fairly consistent basis throughout each episode; the fact that the social interactions are cloaked in humor will make it all the more appealing for young kids to imitate.
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