Homestarrunner

Website review by
Jean Armour Polly, Common Sense Media
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Clever, quirky cartoon series for teens.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 58 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

"Stealing from The Man" and similar topics

Violence

Violence against cartoon peasants, superheroes, etc.

Sex

References to "make-outs" but no sexual situations.

Language

Some potty humor.

Consumerism

Homestar merchandise for sale.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to "opening a cold one," illustration of a bar with bottles strewn about, etc.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is some "potty humor" and cartoon violence depicted on the site. Families who visit this site will be disappointed that, despite the appealing cartoon characters, it's not for children.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 year old Written byThunderbird March 6, 2011

Where Ten Year Olds Can Browse Freely.

This is by far one of the safest sites on the internet. Why this website gave it the same rating as SOUTH PARK I'll never know. Through hundreds and hundre... Continue reading
Adult Written byelainem April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written byShinigami1994 November 10, 2009

Great, quirky, funny site.

I love Homestarrunner. It's hilarious, idiosyncratic, and fun for everyone. It's nothing that a 9-year-old couldn't handle. Sure, there's so... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysodapopmangagirl January 8, 2011

Hilarious; but younger kids most likely wouldn't understand it.

Okay. This website may not be "good" for 5-9 year olds or whatever, because they most-likely won't understand any of it. If they don't under... Continue reading

What's it about?

Homestar Runner is an armless, beanie-copter-wearing character with a job at a tech company, a speech impediment, a heart of gold, and an odd assortment of friends. For example, there's his sometime girlfriend, Marzipan. She's a pony-tailed tofu-loving animal rights activist, who sings happy songs. Down the street are the Strong brothers: Strong Mad, Strong Bad, and Strong Sad. Middle brother Strong Bad wears a wrestler's hood mask and boxing gloves. He also sings, runs his own country (a vacant lot), and answers user email, often making fun of their grammar. Users learn about the main characters and plenty of other secondary ones through more than 50 cartoons that feature running gags, inside jokes, and seasonal plot lines. The site also has more than 20 oddball games, and there's a store where you can buy official Homestar merchandise.

Is it any good?

Homestar Runner has achieved cult status on the Internet, with thousands of fans tuning in for new installments every week to see how absurd things can get. Only at HomestarRunner.com will you hear about hamburger shampoo, the parsnip shortage, and how to appeal to the ladies by sanding off your nipples. Told you it wasn't for kids -- but teens and college students are addicted.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this site has no advertising. Why do you think the creators decided to keep it ad-free? Also, who's the audience for this site? What's the appeal of the super-low-tech games? Who's your favorite character, and why?

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