Parents' Guide to

Doc McStuffins

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Excellent preschool series has positive messages for kids.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 31 parent reviews

age 3+

Seems cute but does not teach healthy social skills

Initially it is exciting to see a black character on Disney as representation is important in media. The cartoon claims to teach children healthy habits etc However, Doc rarely spends time socializing with peers, as with most Disney shows parents are absent, and she is constantly alone with her toys. She does not have any balanced relationships and her life revolves around saving others constantly. Never needing any help herself. Now the show got even worse in that sense. She is in a hospital, not spending any time with her family or any friends at all. In essence, Doc is now a slave.
age 18+

Mature and messed up content made “kid-friendly”

First episode we watched depicts a mass causality situation where a broken toy bombards a large group of other toys with marbles to break them too - toys are shown laying on the ground and breathing heavily and being carried away on stretchers. Very triggering - themes are not age appropriate and lessons and messaging are not quality - in many ways, in our minds, harmful to young kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (31 ):
Kids say (37 ):

This thoughtfully crafted show caters to preschoolers' increasing awareness of themselves and the world around them by centering on a bright, curious young girl who likes to help her friends. Doc McStuffins wants to be just like her mom, and she's learning that there are many things that are within her power to fix. She's a great example for young kids, who can walk through the process with her as she uses critical thinking to diagnose her patients ("What is the problem?" What are the clues?" "How can I solve it?") and nurse them back to help. The show also inspires kids' imaginations through Doc's interactions with her special toys and her clinic's magical nature.

Centering on an African-American family with reversed gender roles (mom works full-time and dad stays home with the kids), Doc McStuffins makes a great effort to reflect the diversity of modern family life. Need another reason to love this series? Kids might be slightly less leery of visiting their own doctor after viewing the experience in the show's non-threatening light, thanks to Doc's careful attention to her patients' physical and emotional needs.

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