Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Time-traveling host learns about creatures of the past.

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Educational Value

It offers lots of information about the creatures that lived during prehistoric times in ways that is understandable to younger viewers. 

Positive Messages

Natural history is important and interesting. Women can be smart and scientific, too. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Andy Day is enthusiastic about dinosaurs, animals, history, and pretty much everything else. Jen is smart and technologically savvy, and Mrs. Pickles is a smart, firm boss who wants the museum to be accurate and well presented. 

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It contains some potentially scary moments, including dinosaurs angrily reacting to Andy’s presence, getting caught in sand storms, etc. Nobody ever gets hurt. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures is a live-action preschool-oriented series that offers natural history lessons through time travel. Host Andy works at a museum, which is an exciting place to work, especially since he's able to travel back to prehistoric times using the museum’s time-traveling grandfather clock, which lets him get a first-hand look at that period’s dinosaur population, woolly mammoths, cavemen, and other animals and relics of the era. It’s energetic and fun, but occasionally the creatures Andy comes across can be a little scary (but no one gets hurt). 

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What's the story?

ANDY’S PREHISTORIC ADVENTURES features host Andy Day as he travels back in time to learn about what was going on in the world during prehistoric times. Andy works at the National Museum run by Mrs. Pickles (Elaine Claxton), along with tech-savvy assistant Jen (Puja Panchkoty). They’re also joined by the clumsy museum janitor (played by Les Bubb). It’s an exciting place to work, especially since Andy is able to travel back to prehistoric times using the museum’s time-traveling grandfather clock, which lets him get a first-hand look at that period’s dinosaur population, woolly mammoths, cavemen, and other animals and relics of the era. As he travels around, he wears a gadget called the Gizmo around his wrist in order to look up important information about what and who he comes across. 

Is it any good?

This BAFTA-nominated children’s series combines live-action and CGI to offer a fun way to teach children about dinosaurs, the Ice Age, and other parts of natural history. From coming face-to-face with a carnivorous dinosaur to meeting a Neanderthal, Andy Day’s trademark energy and enthusiasm for exploration and learning keeps the show’s pace exciting. The cast also offers interesting information in ways that is easy to for young viewers to understand. There are some harrowing moments that might scare very young viewers, but overall, Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures will appeal to dinosaur lovers of all ages. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it was like during prehistoric times. What kind of creatures existed? Do they still exist today?

  • If you were invited to join Andy on one of the Prehistoric Adventures, would you go? What would you want to see? Would anything scare you?

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