A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The characters are all quirky in their own ways, and many of the adults are fairly clueless. The principal has an ironic distaste for all students, which is always played for humor. Some storylines lead kids to learn lessons in friendship and responsibility.
Violence & Scariness
Mild cartoon peril includes exaggerated knocks to the head and tumbling down multiple flights of stairs, none of which results in injury.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional mention of crushes between students, but that's as far as it goes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's virtually nothing to worry about in this cartoon series based on Louis Sachar's popular book series. The characters are quirky (the school principal dislikes kids, for example), and most of the adults come across as pretty out of touch with reality, but all in all, it's just the kind of humor that grade-schoolers will love. Cartoon peril (tumbles down stairs, bumps to the head) and platonic boy/girl crushes are mild and intermittent.
Is It Any Good?
There's no doubt that Wayside School is a bit, well, different from most other grammar schools. Its very structure sets it apart: A builder's error led the school's 30 classrooms to be stacked on top of each other rather than laid out in a traditional one-story building. At Wayside School, you might be greeted by the cows who roam free amongst the students or the crotchety principal, Mr. Kidswatter, who ranks kids at the very top his list of life's irritants. The rest of the staff is as peculiar as their leader, right down to Miss Mush, the fearless school cook who delights in the unusual concoctions she creates ... which send the students running for their brown bags.
This fast-paced series is packed with the zany characters and scenarios that young grade-schoolers will love. Even better, it's virtually free of content likely to bother parents. Occasional mild cartoon peril and rare mention of crushes between students are about the extent of it, making Wayside a fun option for kids who've outgrown preschool shows but aren't quite ready for the true tween stuff.
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