Parents' Guide to

Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures

By Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Cute cartoon eases home-to-school transition.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 4+

Zim's in there....

It's fine overall. My teacher used to show this to us in 1st grade. Also, I noticed something about Scott. When I was little, I was like "Why does his voice sound older than the other kids in his class???" and later I found out he was voiced by a man, but not just any man. THE LEGENDARY RICHARD HORVITZZZZZ!!!!! I LOVE THAT GUY SO MUCH OMGGGGGG!!!!! HE VOICES ZIM, DAGGETT, FRYBORG, MOXXIE, PAWS, FERDO, AND MORE LEGENDS!!!!!! I was so happy to hear that :3 This show is fine overall BUT RICHARD HORVITZ MAKES IT EVEN BETTER!!!!!!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 6+
This show is annoying and doesn't show you what a half-day kindergarten day is like.

This title has:

Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (3):

The good news that this show is reasonably true to life. The fact that Betsy (voiced by Daveigh Chase) lets out an agonized cry when she realizes it's the first day of school gives the show enough edge to balance the sweetness -- a plus for parents who want to watch it with their kids as part of easing the transition from home to school. (Parents, keep an ear out for other occasional sly bits of wit that are slipped in just for you to chuckle over.)

Betsy's classroom is racially diverse, although the main characters are all Caucasian. And you can see some different "types" playing out: There's Scott (Richard Steven Horvitz), the class brain; Molly (Vicki Lewis), the Queen Bee; and Billy (Nancy Cartwright), the hyperactive, hyper-curious boy in love with bugs and reptiles. Betsy herself is more of the Every Girl. Her adventures -- getting picked to care for Sydney, the class salamander, and not being very enthused about the job, getting lost in a museum when she's too scared to ride an escalator downstairs -- may be of the everyday type, but they're presented here in a way that's ultimately endearing. The kids do tend to be far more articulate than your average 5-year-old, but that seems to work for the show.

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