Fireman Sam: Ultimate Heroes

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Sam and friends save the day; some peril and tense moments.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 61 minutes

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Children learn the importance of proper safety techniques and equipment in dangerous situations.

Positive Messages

Helping others is a good thing to do. Using proper safety techniques and equipment is important in dangerous situations. Sometimes it's best to call in an expert to help.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Fireman Sam and his fellow firefighters are caring, responsible members of their community. All are unfailingly polite and diligent.

Violence & Scariness

Given the targeted age of this series, there's a considerable amount of story given over to anxiety-producing threats and dangers. Cave trekkers must cross an old and decrepit bridge to get to safety as devastating flooding looms. Patches of bridge crumble as kids pass, but when Sam, the heaviest of the trekkers, crosses the bridge, it collapses. He's only saved because he's been secured by a rope. Action-movie music ramps up the sense of doom. All is well at the end, but some young children may have difficulty coping with the anxiety.

Sexy Stuff

Part of the Fireman Sam series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that in Fireman Sam: Ultimate Heroes, Fireman Sam and his coworkers face danger at every turn. This movie features a hurricane with damaging winds, falling trees, high floodwaters, and fires. A small child is rescued as he's about to drop over a waterfall. A bus precariously sits on a cliff, and Sam heads inside to pull out a passenger too frightened to move. All this anxiety is heightened by heart-thumping music. But preschoolers will enjoy all the zipping about in rescue vehicles, and those familiar with the series will know that things always end well.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywa_cool October 23, 2018

Fireman Sam

The best movie ever.
Kid, 5 years old April 26, 2021
Teen, 13 years old Written byfiremansam13 August 1, 2020


I'm 13 almost 14 and i still love watching fireman sam

What's the story?

Fireman Sam and his coworkers are friends and protectors of everyone in the tiny Welsh seaside community of PontyPandy. They greet all by name and feel personally responsible for everyone's welfare. When their friend the bus driver tries to avoid a sheep in the road, he sets the bus on a cliff and calls Fireman Sam to help. Sam and the crew attach the bus to a winch to keep it from falling into the sea, but the bus filled with passengers is too heavy to hold. Sam bravely empties the bus and snips the winch when a fireman's life is threatened. A long list of threats and rescues follows, including a major hurricane.

Is it any good?

There is no doubt that a great deal of care and thought was put into production of this children's series. It has a lot in common with another well-loved show, Bob the Builder, but the latter feels more fun, with the tractors and trucks presented as human-like characters. Similar to Bob, Fireman Sam is a technical guy. His world revolves around hoses, hydrants, engines, chemical fire retardants, and water pressure. Many preschoolers will find all that fascinating.

Note that unlike Sesame Street, also aimed at young preschoolers, Fireman Sam and all the other characters speak exceedingly slowly and clearly, more as if they were addressing non-English-speaking adults with hearing trouble than 3-year-olds. Some viewers may miss the Welsh-accented voice actors of previous seasons of the series. The current actors have accents ranging from Canadian to southern American, and that may confuse and upset some kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being careful with fire. Could Joe have been more careful with his lantern while closing the garage door? What should he have done differently?

  • Why is it important to listen to adults, such as firefighters, who are trained to keep you safe during emergencies?

  • How do you think fires can start even when it's raining?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love preschool tales

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