Big Sister & Little Brother

TV review by
Audrey Shapiro, Common Sense Media
Big Sister & Little Brother TV Poster Image
Charming 5-minute 'toon with young-family lessons.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

We think this TV show stands out for:

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational value

Very basic (and therefore preschooler-friendly) lessons in topics like problem resolution.

Positive messages

The siblings and their parents encounter and resolve conflicts together.

Positive role models & representations

The parents are caring and involved with their kids, helping them resolve the issues that come up in each brief episode.

Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this 5-minute program for preschoolers (sandwiched between Sprout's longer, 15-minute shows) provides a positive, realistic look at the daily life of families with young children. The animated characters make only gurgling baby sounds -- adults included -- instead of talking. The show is narrated by a soothing male voice who speaks as though he's reading a story. The kids play together and encounter conflicts, which are resolved with the help of their parents. Issues range from sharing and playing fairly to following household rules, being safe, and conquering fears.

User Reviews

Parent of a 5 year old Written bylorilouhoo October 26, 2009

Excellent show for young kids

Love it! Reminds mw of almost every family with young kids and how great parents would deal with every day problems accociated with raising a family.
Teen, 14 years old Written byYEYE December 9, 2008

What's the story?

Sandwiched between Sprout's longer, 15-minute shows, each 5-minute installment of BIG SISTER & LITTLE BROTHER follows the adventures of Big Sister, who's about 3, and Little Brother, who's only 1. Just like real-life young kids, they play, share, laugh, cry, get scared, feel frustrated, and find trouble. Mom and Dad help them navigate it all, and each episode ends with the velvety voiced narrator's affirmation, "Big sister and little brother are happy now" -- representing every parent's hard-won goal of keeping the peace.

Is it any good?

Big Sister & Little Brother is a warm, simply drawn animated gem that's rich in messages for its intended audience. Despite how quickly each episode goes by, the show's pacing is soothing, and the messages are easy to grasp.

Succinct storylines and adorable characters with gurgling sound effects make the show engaging for young kids and will even elicit a few giggles from older kids and adults. And, like many good kids shows, episodes include themes parents will relate to -- watching Dad try not to lose his cool managing two small kids, for one.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to be a big or little sibling. Why does the big sister or brother usually have to set the good example?

  • How can Mom or Dad help you when there's a problem, and when do you think you can work it out with your brother or sister?

TV details

Character Strengths

Find more TV shows that help kids build character.

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

For kids who love family fun

Our editors recommend

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

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate