The Fungies!

Fungus people in The Fungies





Kristin Smith

TV Series Review

Every day is an adventure when you’re a prehistoric fungi living in a mushroom metropolis. Here, in Fungietown, live dinosaurs, talking trees and a colorful assortment of quasi-human fungi.

We’re talking about fungi like 10-year-old science lover Seth, his artistic, mustache clad brother Pascal, semi-conjoined sisters known as The Twins and their no-nonsense mother, Dr. Nancy, the town’s sole medical provider. Oh, and we can’t forget the family’s many friends.  

This eclectic group of mushrooms are all different but, just like anyone, their differences are what make them special.

Kids Show or Adult Show?

The Fungies! is in its second season, playing on HBO Max.

This show is made up of 11-minute episodes that touch on a wide variety of subjects. Some focus on science, others on dinosaurs and most on the dynamics of Seth’s family and his interactions with friends.

For a series that’s aimed at a TV-Y7 audience, you’d expect some strong lessons—and you get them. Viewers can expect to learn something about  science, family, friendship, honesty, love and acceptance. But you should also know that this show is also seemingly geared toward adults with attitudes and comments that sometimes feel too mature for a young audience.

While the show technically stays away from language, a few “stupid’s” and “cheesed off’s” are heard. And in one episode a group of young kids worship a fallen meteor, calling it their “savior.”  The Fungies! Overall vibe can feel quite little moldy for younger viewers.  

Episode Reviews

Jun. 3, 2021: “Camping with the Family”

Seth and his family go camping, but their peaceful camping trip turns into a disaster when his mom, Dr. Nancy, tries to prove to neighbors that she has the best family ever.

Dr. Nancy and a friend compete to see who has the perfect family. The Twins say, “Mommy’s crazy.” Dr. Nancy shouts at her kids and walks around, a bit deranged. A dad jokes about death.

Jun. 3, 2021: “Meteor Madness”

After a meteor falls to earth, Seth’s friends believe that it is magical and to be revered after they get cake for lunch instead of the gross slop they were expecting. Seth tries to convince them, with scientific evidence, that the meteor is simply a rock.

Seth’s friends begin a “meteor Fanclub,” believing that they need to keep the meteor happy in order for good things to happen. They make a temple for the meteor, worship it, call it their “savior” and tell people if they don’t accept it that they will experience “great wrath” as “nonbelievers.”

A fungus burps. Seth gets a hair clip stuck to his butt after he puts a magnet in his pants. A student says that his parents “cheese him off.”

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Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).

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