If you thought that a kid’s TV show about an anthropomorphic sponge who lives in a pineapple and likes to play his nose like a flute was weird, just wait until you hear about the latest children’s programming from Denmark. Danish public television network DR (their equivalent to PBS) has debuted a new animated kid’s show called John Dillermand that features the everyday adventures of a hapless figure and… his giant penis. Yes, you read that right.
Each five-minute episode of the show follows the main character wearing a red-and-white striped onesie as his member gets him into silly shenanigans. Think: John doesn’t have enough money for lunch (he’s trying to buy a sausage, because, of course) so his penis steals a hatful of coins from a street busker. He then must fix the problem and set things right, usually learning a valuable lesson along the way.
The show is aimed at 4- to 8-year-old kids and we all know that this particular age group loves potty humor and all talk about genitalia, but what does a licensed professional think about the show? We tapped Dr. Lea Lis, adult and child psychiatrist and author of No Shame: Real Talk With Your Kids About Sex, Self-Confidence and Healthy Relationships for her take.