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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bossy Bear is an animated series about a bear, his friends, and family. Bossy (voiced by Jayden Ham) and his bestie, Turtle (Jaba Keh), have all kinds of adventures, from raising a chrysalis to become a butterfly to meeting BTS-esque K-Pop group Superflock. They also learn a lot of lessons together, like how to wait (thanks to Turtle's Gran Gran), how to deal with embarrassment, and what it's like to let something go. The buddies are also different -- Bossy's an extrovert, while Turtle is more introverted -- but they always find ways to get along. Expect lots of nods to Korean culture in the series. Families looking for a lively, Bluey-style show for the slightly older set will find a great choice in Bossy (who, as it turns out, really isn't that bossy).
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What's the Story?
BOSSY BEAR is an animated series about a bear, his friends, and family. Set in the Koreatown-inspired town of Pleasantburg, Bossy (voiced by Jayden Ham) and his bestie Turtle (Jaba Keh) have all kinds of adventures. From raising a chrysalis to become a butterfly, to meeting BTS-esque K-Pop group Superflock, they've got friendship on lock. Bossy's sister, Bissy, their parents, and Turtle's Gran Gran often join in on the fun.
Is It Any Good?
This vibrant series is so much fun -- it's got lovable characters, bold animation, and some learning, too. The extrovert/introvert team of Bossy Bear and Turtle really works, as long as they find ways to communicate and understand each other's needs, which they do. Just as enjoyable are their extended families, including the older Bissy Bear, who learns how to manage her embarrassment after messing up her performance in front of beloved K-Pop bird band Superflock. And speaking of music, each episode has a fun song. It's nice to see a grandparent as a primary caregiver, and Gran Gran is spry and silly as she teaches the boys to be patient through meditating, cooking cucumber kimchi, and singing. This series' topics are wide ranging, including some light science lessons and many nods to Korean culture, but it's not overstuffed and kids will find the characters to be some of their new faves.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about friendship. What's it like to have a friend like Bossy or Turtle? How do you have fun with your friends?
How do Bossy and Turtle use their communication skills to work together? Why are these important character strengths?
- Premiere date: March 3, 2023
- Cast: Jayden Ham, Jaba Keh, Claudia Choi
- Network: Nickelodeon
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models
- Character Strengths: Communication, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: February 28, 2023
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