Parents' Guide to

T.U.F.F. Puppy

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Spy team's adventures send iffy messages to kids.

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

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age 7+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 7+


age 6+

Definitely deserves better than two stars!

Parents need to know that although there is a fair amount of language and peril in this action toon, and the misfit pup and kitty duo may send iffy messages to kids, it is an excellent animated comedy for most viewers. New recruit Dudley and his highly trained partner Kitty often squabble during a mission at hand, but by dumb luck, the good guys usual cheat death. Of course, being a Butch Hartman toon, running gags are inescapable. Example: Dudley chews on his butt. Dudley is ditzy but optimistic and not bothered by Kitty's insults. Although brash and competent, Kitty is generally a good friend to Dudley, despite sometimes, his opposing nature gets in the way off her job. This is basically a series ripped off by Zootopia. The villians are mostly incompetent and prone to weaknesses, but are sometimes a source of comic relief. However, Snaptrap can be a bully to one of his assistants, Larry, at times.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (82 ):

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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