Boohbah

Common Sense Media says

Move, solve, think, & talk with active learning.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Diverse cast of colorful creatures and humans.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series is designed to involve kids all along, but the right viewing age may be hard to determine. If your child just stares at the screen blankly, s/he might be too young -- simply being mesmerized by the colors isn't the point. But older children who can interact with the program and learn from it may have already moved on to more sophisticated programs. The series is designed to help build active learning skills inlcuding movement, math, problem solving, language, and imagination. The best approach may be to watch together a few times and see if your child responds to it.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

BOOHBAH can, upon the first few viewings, appear so silly and strange that parents might conclude it could very well have a detrimental effect on their kids. But the odd-looking creatures are in fact atoms of energy that live in a glowing ball of light. The content of the show aims to help children develop movement, math, problem-solving, and language skills while also engaging their imaginations. This is achieved through predictable segments that feature the Boohbahs warming up with some dance moves and real children demonstrating different kinds of movement. Each episode also includes a visit to Storyworld, where human characters solve a simple problem, such as how to get a bunch of colored balls into a wheelbarrow.

Is it any good?

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Boohbah tries to give kids opportunities to participate in what happens onscreen. As in Blue's Clues, off-screen children help control the action. "Active viewing" is a philosophy prominent among today's children's programming. Shows aim to get children to use their brains and bodies rather than just passively watch a show. It's an admirable goal, but the real test is whether or not the show works with your kid.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the characters found solutions to their tasks, reaffirming problem solving. Recreate the segments from the show by having your child dance to his/her favorite song or "actively" help clean up toys.

TV details

Cast:Alex Poulter, Cal Jaggers, Emma Ainsley
Network:PBS
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Numbers and letters
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 17 years old Written byBlue-Bunny January 3, 2011
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Tisk. Tisk. Tisk.

I know this may sound strange, but I adored Teletubbies when I was younger and still do as they bring back memories of my toddler days. However, I thought this was an utter piece of crap. What was this supposed to teach? It definitely taught me nothing. In fact, I thought it was more creepy than cute or funny. If you want some real shows, try Teletubbies (like I said earlier) or In The Night Garden. Both are very relaxing shows for toddlers. Skip this nonsense.
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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
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ack!

This is creepy, vapid, and generally scary! Odd little fat things dance around real weird! I don't get it! Stick to teletubbies, Sesame Street, or Nick Jr. This creeps me out and I've seen movies like Kingdom of Heaven and Braveheart!
Teen, 13 years old Written bysuitelife April 9, 2008
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oh no!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My sister runs away and crys when this show comes on and she is 4!

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