Parents' Guide to

The Smurfs

By Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Little blue gnomes share, care, and learn.

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Based on 4 parent reviews

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a rarity for a mainstream cartoon

If you were past a certain age when THE SMURFS premiered in 1981, you may have liked the show but may have found it boring. In other words, you could've felt either way. If you grew up watching the show as a kid, you may still like it now as an adult, but you may wonder why you liked this show as a kid. In other words, regardless of what you thought as a kid, you could feel either way now. Little kids, though, will just love THE SMURFS. This cartoon was written and produced just for them. In the process they will be exposed to good lessons, such as caring, sharing, living and working together, disabilities, the value and reward of hard work, etc. A cartoon like this, which teaches life lessons to the very young, made by a mainstream animation studio like Hanna-Barbera and aired on a commercial network like NBC was always a rarity. This was especially true before the Children's Television Act of 1990 (the law which requires stations to air educational programming for children) got passed. It's also always been rare for a mainstream animation studio to produce a cartoon for preschoolers, or for a commercial network to air such a cartoon. Those things make THE SMURFS a double gem. The only thing to be potentially concerned about for children under 4 is that Gargamel might frighten them. Beyond that this show is a green light all the way.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (12 ):

While the show is simplistic, its positive storylines teach kids many valuable lessons. Lessons aside, some interesting rumors have been attached to the series over the years. The most popular is that the series' creators used the show as a way to spread Communist ideas -- the Smurfs' lack of individual identity is one of the main arguments for this theory.

But kids won't care about any of that. They'll enjoy The Smurfs for the sweet, funny characters and their kind acts of sharing and teamwork. Overall, it's a very entertaining show for the younger set. Even if the rumors are true and the series' creators did have ulterior motives, their political messages are displayed in good taste and fly below the radar of all but the most eagle-eyed viewer.

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