A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
The Greens are quirky and misplaced in their urban surroundings, but a solid family unit with a lot of love. That said, the show mines all kinds of stereotypes of rural folk for humor, including strong accents, questionable hygiene habits, intellectual dimness, low socioeconomic status, and general lack of sophistication.
Positive Role Models
Bill loves his kids and would do anything for the family. He values the intangibles over the things money can buy, so his possessions are in general disrepair and money is tight, but his kids know they're loved. Cricket is mischievous and gets into trouble unintentionally, but things usually work out for him. Tilly is softhearted and cares deeply for other people and creatures.
Violence & Scariness
No violence, but some physical mishaps and accidents that are played for laughs and don't result in injury. Gramma sometimes carries a sword.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Big City Greens is a quirky but heartwarming animated series about a family that moves from the country to the city and doesn't quite fit in. Despite mining familiar stereotypes of rural dwellers -- dirty clothes, strong accents, a dilapidated home, unsophisticated intelligence, and even, in one character's case, a missing fingertip -- the show has strong family-centric themes and silly, lighthearted laughs. Expect antics that aren't exactly realistic, like kids' mostly unsupervised run of the city that yields all kinds of ill-advised adventures. That said, the Greens make time together a priority and prove that being different is OK.
Is It Any Good?
Surprisingly charming and exceedingly silly, this series will delight kids with its quirky characters and utterly improbable predicaments. Cricket's zest for living life to its fullest yields adventures of the wackiest kinds, like inventing a device to send a chicken into space. Other mishaps find the Greens without any help and set the laughs in motion.
Big City Greens's fish-out-of-water premise plays on stereotypes of country folks in characterizing the family's uneasy acclimation to their new urban home. (Think The Beverly Hillbillies in animated form.) The result is laugh-out-loud funny, but it's also a great opportunity to talk with kids about the downside of this type of group casting. On the bright side, though, the Greens' experiences also espouse strong themes about positive family relationships.
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