Ren and Stimpy

1991 TV-Y7 2 seasons

Ren and Stimpy

1991 TV-Y7 2 seasons
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Joined at the hip despite their stark differences, scrawny, short-tempered Chihuahua Ren and happy-go-lucky but dumb-as-dirt cat Stimpy struggle to make their way in the world, always landing in bizarre adventures full of hilariously gross hijinks. A huge hit with kids and adults alike, this Nickelodeon cartoon series finds the oddball duo frequently besieged by all sorts of disgusting substances from mighty farts to sickening saliva.
Billy West, Harris Peet, John Kricfalusi, Cheryl Chase, Gary Owens, Bob Camp, Jack Carter, Alan Young
  • SEASON  3 & 4
  • SEASON  4 & 5

Summary of Season 3 & 4 (1993) - 3 discs

Rabid, insane Chihuahua Ren and his brainless sidekick, Stimpy the cat, return for another round of outlandish and unbridled adventures. Along for the wild and woolly ride are the deranged twosome's buddies Powdered Toast Man, daffy Wilbur Cobb, Jimminy Lummox, Jerry the Bellybutton Elf and some demented circus dwarfs, among others. Contains 29 great installments of the animated cult classic.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-Y7 - This program is designed for children age 7 and above.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that there have been several incarnations of this show, including some "lost episodes" that were aired in 2003 under the title Ren & Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon. Although the original series (which still airs in syndication and is available on DVD) is tamer than that version and was definitely marketed toward grade-schoolers and tweens, between the frequent implications that the main characters are gay and their constant abuse of each other, it's really a much better fit for older tweens and teens. What's more, the show -- which first aired in 1991 -- was ground-breaking in its willingness to disregard social conventions by depicting bodily functions and adding a significant amount of gore to its cartoon violence. The episodes that air on Nicktoons usually offer a somewhat watered-down version, but they still aren't meant for kids.

Sexual Content

There's often heavy sexual content for a cartoon that, in theory anyway, is meant for kids. There's also a suggestion of a homosexual relationship between the title characters (particularly in the episodes on DVD).


Heavy cartoon violence, with more malice than you'll find in most 'toons. When Ren slaps Stimpy (as he does often), the sense of fun found even when Tom is trying to eat Jerry is absent.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

There's some South Park-esque lampooning of commercialism and narrow-mindedness, but for the most part, the characters just come across as mean. Lots of humor involving bodily functions (which are presented pretty graphically, for a cartoon).


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some episodes include humor based on the affects of drugs and alcohol.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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