Fred Figglehorn

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Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Love him or hate him, Fred is irreverent but mostly tame.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 104 reviews

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Positive Messages

Growing up is hard, especially if you're a goofy social outcast like Fred. He might have anger management issues, but teens can admire Fred for learning from his mistakes and staying positive. Fred ends each episode by flashing a peace sign and intoning, "Peace out, home dog."

Still, Fred's antics, behavior, and stories are outrageous and the message teens probably take away from these videos is that anyone with a little moxie (and a webcam) can be famous. 


Fred bangs a stuffed bunny against a wall pretending it's a girl he dislikes. He threatens to "beat the crap" out of another classmate, and gets in trouble at school for drawing a picture of "a man hurting a little kid."


Fred thinks his drama teacher is "smokin'".


Instead of swear words Fred exclaims, "That's hackin' cool" or "Oh my garnet." The worst it gets is hating Grandma for saying his mom is back in rehab and calling other kids fat.


The site's storefront sells Fred Figglehorn t-shirts, hats, buttons and stickers. If kids click on the MySpace or YouTube links, they'll see a few Google text links and a dating site ad as well.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Fred has an alcoholic mother who might be a prostitute and who leaves him home alone on Thanksgiving.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is enough iffy behavior on this Web site that they should preview it before they let their kids watch. The site features the YouTube antics of a 16-year-old boy impersonating a loud, hyperactive six-year-old, "Fred." A viral sensation among teens, the parodies poke fun at every type of childhood trauma from school crushes to absentee parents, all through the eyes of a kid with a chipmunk voice and a seriously dysfunctional family. But the language is clean and some "fredisodes" teach life lessons, such as it doesn't pay to cheat in elections.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGregory Nelson July 29, 2016

Fred was a Legend

Fred was the biggest thing that hit YouTube, the biggest website.

Fred was the funniest guy on the internet, and he, played by Lucas Cruikshank, had originalit... Continue reading
Parent of a 3, 3, 4, 8, 9, and 16-year-old Written bysafetymom856 March 11, 2011
Fred is smart and provides educational values. He is a good influence to everyone. Safety is NOT an issue and it has GREAT user content.
Teen, 17 years old Written byhamstergurl09 August 5, 2011


What's frustrating to people like me, who are in a comedy troupe and have to put a lot of effort into coming up with funny skits, is when we see that peopl... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byWWEWRESTLINGFAN103 February 16, 2014

I hate FRED

The FRED videos are the most annoyingest videos in the worl I hate them they are stupid and I hate Lucas cruikshank because he is a horrible voice actor and his... Continue reading

Is it any good?

Channeling his idol Jim Carrey, teen YouTube phenom Lucas Cruikshank has created a character capable of annoying the bejesus out of adults while entertaining kids. As Fred Figglehorn, a boastful, insecure six-year-old who deals with neglectful parents and bed wetting by talking incessantly and screaming, Cruikshank is by turns painful to watch and hilarious. He addresses poignant, universal themes like fitting in at school, then takes it over the top by giving whitebread Fred a death-row dad and hooker mom.

The Fred Figglehorn Web site showcases the best of the 30 videos Cruikshank has made so far in a clever interface where the links are wadded up pieces of paper. You can see the rest of the videos on YouTube. Cruikshank is getting rich off endorsements and now possibly a TV deal.

Online interaction: There's no way to interact with other viewers of the Figglehorn videos unless you visit the YouTube link where uncensored comments can be left, and these can contain harsh language from people who are not fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Young teens can yearn for their fifteen minutes of fame, whether it's on the stage, in their living room, or on YouTube. You can help by encouraging kids in their creative pursuits, and making sure they channel that energy positively. Fred's subject matter can get a little wild and you wouldn't want your kids to try and outdo him.

  • Fred is a YouTube sensation. How did YouTube become such a pop-culture phenomenon? Learn more.

  • Fred's teen creator hopes his YouTube videos are a ticket to movie stardom. Lots of people have gotten noticed through YouTube -- or just use it as an outlet for their creativity. Learn how to upload a video to YouTube.

Website details

  • Genre: Video Sites
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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