A Black girl sits next to her mom and dad on a couch, all smiling. She is pointing at a smartphone that they are looking at together.

Concerned about social media, AI, and screen time?

Subscribe to our newsletter and get the best out of media and tech.

Parents' Guide to

Beat Bugs

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Beatles songs + engaging stories = fun family entertainment.

Beat Bugs Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 2+

Single desperate mom

I needed a "babysitter" to get some chores/cooking done. I'm not that keen on letting my kids watch any tv programs. However, i was desperate to keep my 2yr old out from under my feet while cooking. Single mom here, no breaks ever, so iwas desperate and I was browsing netflix for anything that would capture his attention and came across Beat Bugs. I gave it a try and before i knew it, i was watching right along with him. It's an excellent program. Teaches creativity, uniqueness and teamwork. The music is very uplifting. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND BEAT BUGS! I'm the parent that has never even allowed my now 11yr old to watch spongebob. That's how picky i am.
age 4+

Definitely a must see program

There have been so many really awesome musical programs through the years but Beat Bugs has become the best show, hands down. The Beatles were a famous group in the 1970s and to make cover versions of their music was, to me, music to my ears. This program is definitely for future generations to see. I absolutely love this program. Thank you to everyone that worked on Beat Bugs. It's a great cartoon to watch. Highly recommend!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (2 ):

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.

TV Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate