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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's focus isn't on education, but there are many positive messages about getting along with others, working together, and solving problems.
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
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.
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The show's soundtrack comprises well-known Beatles songs performed by modern artists.
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.
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.
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.