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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 Drawn In is a limited animated series that uses comics to help teach literacy. The show characters have diverse racial backgrounds and skin colors, body shapes, and names; it was created in collaboration with families in the St. Louis, Missouri area to ensure the show uplifted BIPOC stories and creators. The series' 16 episodes are each about 5 minutes long. Themes include comic book characters, literacy, and adventure.
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What's the Story?
DRAWN IN spotlights comic book-loving, problem-solving friends Jayden, Tyler, Grace, and Naveah. The squad often spends time in Lady M's Imaginarium, a comic shop owned by their wise and helpful mentor. Familiar storylines from the friends' favorite comics seem to come to life in their small town of Midland City. They must use their problem-solving skills, literary knowledge, and teamwork to save the day. Each episode features "Lady M's Magnificent Words," which serve as learning opportunities for the kids. From ghosts and robots to Greek Gods and everything in between, the friends never know which comic book character will appear next.
Is It Any Good?
This show is a fun, unique, unusual watch for young viewers. Drawn In embeds literacy curriculum and will be appealing for viewers who enjoy comic books. The show's dedication to diverse representation is outstanding. Each show has a short runtime and is packed with action, storylines, and characters, potentially leading to some confusion for young audiences. The show sometimes struggles to hit home curriculum points throughout the characters' dialogue.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how in Drawn In the characters love comic books. Do you read comics? If so which series is your favorite?
Which new vocabulary word did you learn today? Try to use it in a sentence!
Lots of crazy things happen in Midland City. Would you want to live there?
How do the characters in Drawn In depend on teamwork. Why is this important for them?
- Premiere date: June 24, 2022
- Cast: Lani Minella, Riley Carter Adams, Daizha Moton
- Network: Nine PBS
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Adventures, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Robots, Space and Aliens
- Character Strengths: Teamwork
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: February 15, 2023
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