Parents' Guide to

Handy Manny

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Friendly handyman teaches kids about cooperation.

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Community Reviews

age 2+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 2+

A good show for little-littles

Handy Manny is a cute show for toddlers. The show incorporates basic Spanish words, but doesn't go out of it's way to shove them where they don't belong. It doesn't feel forced. Manny and his team of tools teach children lessons on how to work together to come up with a plan and then execute the plan.
age 3+


First off,this is a Bob The Builder wannabe.Except this show actually edacates.In Bob The Builder all Bob does is be lazy and have the machines do the work.At least,in Handy Manny,Manny brings his tools to help him,yet Manny is not at all lazy.So yeah,this is a bit of a rip-off of Bob The Builder,which is FAR worse than this!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (21 ):

This show is brimming with positive content for young viewers: Themes of teamwork, preparedness, and mutual respect are mixed with the silly comedy that preschoolers love. For example, in one episode, bickering duo Felipe and Turner ignore Manny's advice and open a glue bottle before protecting their workspace with newspaper. In their haste to start the project, they accidentally glue themselves together and -- after much stretching and snapping back together -- they learn that they have to get along to help their friends.

Handy Manny also exposes preschoolers to aspects of Latino culture. Legendary Latino band Los Lobos contributes the catchy music, and Manny uses basic Spanish terms like "hola" and "gracias" in his everyday dialogue. When he introduces less-familiar Spanish terms, Manny includes their English translations so kids can make the language connection. Colorful animation, engaging storylines, and rich characters will keep young viewers coming back for more of this engaging Disney series.

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