Boohbah

TV review by
Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media
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Move, solve, think, & talk with active learning.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 47 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Diverse cast of colorful creatures and humans.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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Parent of a 8-year-old Written byAkhil K. May 16, 2020

The show's good, but not for younger people under 7 years old.

At least I didn't watch it when I was young until I'm 7 years old because what if I get nightmares. So at least I didn't watch it. So parents, if... Continue reading
Adult Written byBianca Chan November 26, 2018

Why does this show EXIST?!

This show is creepy as hell. You thought Teletubbies was bad? Boobah is worse. I swear, they communicate by FARTS. The people who created this show must have be... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byBlue-Bunny January 3, 2011

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... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008

Stop with these rude comments

This show is not made for you people its made for babies so theres really no need to put up these comments and there not scary my sister watches this show

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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