Boohbah

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

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 44 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjennylyn85 April 9, 2008

What the H*ll!!!

I know, the intention are good. But what adult more less child would understand without ready. It mesmerized my 18 month old which I think is scarey. She laughe... Continue reading
Adult Written byrevawave April 9, 2008

Can tv get any more stupid?

This show has absolutely no point. They say it is to get kids up and moving, but the only thing this show made my son do is sit on the couch with his eyes glaz... 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, 11 years old April 9, 2008

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.... Continue reading

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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