A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
All of the characters are competitive, and Dastardly and Muttley cheat all the time (but never win). Penelope Pitstop is a strong female character.
Violence & Scariness
Bullets and explosives, but no bloodshed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this classic Hanna-Barbera hit is still entertaining for all ages. Although mild violence and innuendo pop up occasionally, overall this series doesn't raise too many eyebrows.
Is It Any Good?
Penelope Pitstop (who also got her own spin off) and her car, The Compact Pussycat, steal the show. Instead of resorting to destructive weapons to get ahead, Penelope will coyly spray hair products to temporarily blind Dastardly and his canine sidekick. Although not always innocent, Penelope sets the example that women can be both feminine and independent.
Meanwhile, Dastardly and Muttley set up violent explosives to slow down the other drivers, although there's never any bloodshed. And all of the characters are pretty cutthroat and will do anything it takes to get to the finish line, so parents should be sure to explain what constitutes healthy competition. But on the other hand, the villains are the only ones who bend the rules, and they finish last every time, helping cement the message that cheaters never win.
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