Beat Bugs

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Beatles songs + engaging stories = fun family entertainment.
 Parents recommend

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

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Educational value

The show's focus isn't on education, but there are many positive messages about getting along with others, working together, and solving problems.

Positive messages

Exploration and adventure yield opportunities for learning and solving problems. Friends band together to help pals out of trouble, and teamwork often is the only way to get the job done. Differences can be a strength rather than a weakness.

Positive role models & representations

The young characters are relatable for kids; they have different personalities and don't always get along, but they work through their troubles and always fall back on friendship. Adults get less air time, but when they do they pop in to help guide or otherwise assist the kids as they solve problems.

Violence & scariness

Every story shows a character (sometimes more) in a sticky situation. Though there's little peril, youngsters might feel worried watching the problem sort itself out.

Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism

The show's soundtrack comprises well-known Beatles songs performed by modern artists.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Beat Bugs pairs the Beatles songs performed by current artists with heartwarming stories about friendship, exploration, and problem-solving. Every kid-friendly story puts the characters -- five young bugs with dynamic personalities -- in a predicament that requires them to work together and share ideas to reach a solution. The lyrics of Beatles favorites such as "Ticket to Ride" and "When I'm Sixty-Four" are incorporated seamlessly into the dialogue, and the musical performances give the show the unique feel of a preschool-geared musical. Although there's always some sort of strife or interpersonal woe that generates a valuable learning opportunity, viewers will remember the positive lessons more than the troubles that inspire them.

User Reviews

Parent of a 5 year old Written byCorbin M August 11, 2016

We both love this show!

We came across Beat Bugs while browsing Netflix. I read a review where it called the show "regrettable" for interpreting Beatles lyrics. I completely...
Parent of an infant, 1, 4, 11, and 18+ year old Written byAdrianna R. August 14, 2016

Beat Bugs

My kids don't really like this one. They prefer Doc McStuffins and Curious George. I recognize some of the stars in it, but my kids don't. My 6yo is...
Teen, 13 years old Written byBeatlemaniac May 26, 2017

Good show for kids, but mediocre song choices

This show is a great show, BUT ONLY FOR LITTLE KIDS. The show revolves around five bugs, I don't know why they didn't just make four for the Beatles,...

What's the story?

In BEAT BUGS, insect friends Jay (voiced by Ashleigh Ball), Kumi (Erin Mathews), Crick (Lili Beaudoin), Buzz (Rebecca Husain), and Walter (Charles Demers) explore the home they share in a suburban backyard. In a place where blades of grass are as tall as trees, these bugs find no end to fun adventures, but they also learn that even their best times together can pose challenges to their friendship and require some problem-solving skills. This series is set to modern performances of Beatles music by Pink, Sia, and numerous other accomplished artists. 

Is it any good?

This unique series borrows some of rock-and-roll's most recognizable lyrics to help tell its gentle stories and teach excellent life lessons. While the pairing seems odd in theory (Beatles songs and kids' programming?), Beat Bugs pulls it off in a surprising way that makes this show a real contender for parents and tots to watch together. Even if Beatles albums aren't on your daily playlist, it's hard not to like the able performances of stars such as James Corden and Regina Spektor, and it's a good bet you know enough of the lyrics to appreciate how aptly the show matches them with the characters' experiences.

Beat Bugs' exceptional animation takes full advantage of a fun backyard setting where everyday people items become playthings, obstacles, and creative inspiration for the minute characters. So much effort is put into visual detail of small touches, such as a chip in a plastic spoon or the texture of a piece of string, that the bugs' world really comes to life on the screen. With just as much care given to the show's thoughtful content, well-rounded characters, and the messages it sends to its young audience, this unique series is an excellent pick for young kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about hands-on learning. What are your kids' favorite things to play outside? Do they enjoy playing with friends or in more solitary endeavors? How does exploring help us better understand the world around us? Does Beat Bugs inspire you to explore?

  • Kids: Does being friends mean that you always get along and see eye to eye? How does it feel to disagree with someone close to you? How do you fix things when you hurt someone's feelings?

  • Was the music in this show familiar to your kids? Do you enjoy listening to music? How about singing? What are your kids' favorite songs?

  • How do the characters in Beat Bugs demonstrate teamwork? Why is this an important character strength?

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