Brum

TV review by
Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media
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Yellow car saves the day in London town.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Brum proudly demonstrates the importance of civic duty and responsibility.

Violence & Scariness

Physical comedy could be mistaken for violence without parental explanation. Sometimes Brum drives uncontrollably; garden shears are used to steal a jeweled collar; wet pavement is used to trap villains.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this live-action show focuses on the importance of fulfilling civic duty and respecting other people's property. Although this series is suitable for all ages, parents might want to help viewers under 4 understand the difference between slapstick humor and violence.

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Adult Written byBrums old pal April 9, 2008

In support of my old pal Brum

I wanted to make it clear to the viewing public (those old enough to understand)that Brum is originally from Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire, in England.... Continue reading
Adult Written byariesgirl46 April 9, 2008

Brum Would NOT Be Missed if Taken Off the Air

My 5-year-old daughter starting watching this show at her grandparents' house, along with her 2 other cousins ages 3.5 and 2. They all seemed to like it;... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byABCand123 September 29, 2014

What's the story?

BRUM honks the horn when it comes to civic duty. Currently motoring about on Discovery Kids, Brum is a little yellow car with an eye for mischief -- in each episode, he escapes his garage and saves the streets of London from distress. The delightful Brit can accomplish anything by putting in his best effort. In one episode, for example, Brum rescues a dog who was stolen for his jeweled collar; another segment features the car returning a birthday cake to its rightful owner. Some of the villains may be scary for younger viewers, but any frightening elements are overshadowed by lighthearted humor.

Is it any good?

Brum's goal is to depict stories with humor. But since the show is live action, simple acts of humor could be mistaken for violence if parents don't explain them. For example, in the episode about the dog theft, the crook attempts to remove the jeweled collar with an overly large pair of garden shears. It's handled hilariously on screen, but it could be a perplexing message for kids.

Jazz music serves as the show's backdrop and is certainly a prime ingredient in its charm. As in a silent film, dialogue is almost nonexistent. There's a little bit of narration, but the plot is largely dependent on the characters' physical comedy. This quality heightens some of the humor, but the fact that the heroes and villains' actions aren't verbally explained could prove confusing for younger viewers. When watching Brum, expect loud costumes, catchy music, silly dancing, and comedic choreographed coincidences. Since it moves much faster than most kids' programming, Brum is a good fit for kids with shorter attention spans and for parents who can't always stomach the monotony of other kids' shows. Overall, it's a great pick -- just be sure to know when to fill in the gaps!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it's important to be a good citizen. When is it appropriate to help someone in need by yourself, and when you should you ask someone (like the authorities) to help? What should you do if you witness a crime? Why is it wrong to steal?

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