3rd & Bird

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Colorful bird community celebrates diversity, cooperation.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

The show illustrates the positive results of kindness, teamwork, and respect. The concept -- a glimpse at life atop a tree -- can inspire kids' curiosity and imagination about other little-known creature habitats as well.

Positive Messages

The series spotlights life within a community, showing how the individuals care about and share with each other. Each story centers on a kid-appropriate problem like losing a toy or wanting someone to play a game, and there are positive messages about teamwork and problem-solving in how the situations are resolved.

Positive Role Models & Representations

All of the characters are kind and generous with their neighbors, and cooperation is a mainstay among the birds.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the colorful characters and kid-friendly storylines in this 3rd & Bird will delight young kids, and the sweet stories have some great lessons about cooperation, caring, and respect. Diversity is a cause for celebration, and the characters' unique personalities make it easy for kids to find someone they'll relate to. What's more, the show offers kids an imaginative look at treetop life for birds, which can inspire viewers to think about how other animal "neighborhoods" might look and sound.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPoco D. July 9, 2019

Beautiful show

This is a charming little kids' show both visually and thematically. The lead characters are great role models and act very respectfully toward the adult b... Continue reading
Adult Written byjuliett1 December 13, 2011
Kid, 12 years old January 13, 2013

Constantly Singing Birds

I would say better things about it, but the characters sing every like 5 seconds. If they stopped singing and interacted more with the kids, this would have 5 s... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 28, 2014

Samuel and Friends Are Awesome

This show is really cute and great for any bird lovers. Samuel is a great role model and Muffin (although she is a clear reference to Uma from Oobi) is adorable... Continue reading

What's the story?

3RD & BIRD is a preschool series created by Josh Selig, whose other TV projects include The Wonder Pets and Oobi. The show is set high in the branches of an expansive tree, where a vibrant community of birds resides. There's Muffin (voiced by Eden Jarrett), a spunky little lovebird; wise Mr. Beakman (Michael Fenton-Stevens), the youngsters' teacher; Quinn (Preston Nyman), the inventor; and even a friendly neighborhood worm named Elliott. These diverse residents live, play, and share together, finding common ground while celebrating the unique elements that make each of them different.

Is it any good?

Selig brings his knack for creative character exploration to this cute show that takes a bird's eye view of living in a diverse community and caters to preschoolers' active imaginations. Kids will be intrigued by the idea of birds going to school, playing dress-up, and having parties just like they do, and 3rd & Bird can inspire them to think imaginatively about other creatures and habitats around them.


The positive messages imbedded in scenarios tots can understand are good reminders of the importance of companionship, fairness, and understanding as well, and the show's operatic style (the characters often sing their dialogue) is a fun change of pace from most other series for this age group.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about communities, like the one on 3rd & Bird. Who are some of the people who live in your community? What roles do they have? How do the members of your community show they care about each other?

  • Kids: What makes you a unique person? What are some of your favorite traits? How does diversity make our communities strong? 

  • Kids: What lessons did the characters learn today? Have you ever been in a similar situation to the one they experienced? Who do you turn for help when you need it? Who in your life is a role model to you?

  • How do the characters in 3rd & Bird demonstrate teamwork? Why is this an important character strengths?

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