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T.U.F.F. Puppy

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Spy team's adventures send iffy messages to kids.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff

Kitty Katswell’s skimpy, form-fitting clothing accentuates her curvy physique.

Language

No cursing, but plenty of name-calling and language like “butt,” “moron,” “idiot,” and “buttmunch.”

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.”

What's the story?

T.U.F.F. PUPPY chronicles on the adventures of Dudley Puppy (voiced by Jerry Trainor), a happy-go-lucky mutt who’s unexpectedly recruited by a secret crime-fighting troup called Turbo Undercover Fighting Force (T.U.F.F.). Despite some impressive canine traits, Dudley is far from the total spy package, much to the chagrin of his new partner, Kitty Katswell (Grey DeLisle). The feline superspy takes her job very seriously, and Dudley’s lack of intensity is a constant source of tension between the two. It will take every bit of her patience to team up with him to defeat the criminals of Petropolis.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about heroes. How do you define a hero? What qualities are important to you in a role model? Who are some of your heroes? How do they inspire you?

  • Kids: What do you want to be when you grow up? What special skills or training will the job require? Where will you learn what you need to know?

  • Why do we have rules? How do different rules apply to different situations (at home, at school, on the road, etc.)? What happens when rules are broken? How are others affected as well as the person who breaks the rules?

TV details

Cast:Daran Norris, Grey DeLisle, Jerry Trainor
Network:Nickelodeon
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures
TV rating:TV-Y7

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Teen, 14 years old Written byJack'sRants'N'More May 27, 2013

Jack Salutes: T.U.F.F. Puppy

I love this cartoon. I love the acting, animation, and everything. I saw a character with my exact same name in The Wrong Stuff and Freaky Spa Day. His name was Jack Rabbit. My name is Jack too! LOL. Anyways, the characters look awesome. Kitty is really cute and pretty, Dudley looks cool, and The Chamelon looks funny. Anyways, i'm very dissapointed in CSM for giving this cartoon 2 stars. How could you CSM?! This should get 5 stars.
Teen, 14 years old Written byilovecookiez April 8, 2011

Why does nickeloden have so many dumb shows?

Why does nickeloden have so many dumb shows? The only good shows on there are either, over, or turned into a dumb show (SpongeBob). TUFF Puppy really is lame though. Why does everyone like this?
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Educator and Parent of a 5 and 6 year old Written byLeafs_Fan77 June 17, 2015

No morals

This show is just a waste of time that my kids cannot get back. I do not like the style, there are no morals, and the characters use guns. Not appropriate for my seven year old son.
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Too much violence

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