By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Cheerful aqua tots teach kids good social lessons.
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Occasionally the storylines include basic preschool skills like counting, colors, or identifying shapes, but the show's focus is on promoting positive social messages like cooperation, responsibility, respect, and good sportsmanship.
The show's themes include teamwork, friendship, honesty, conquering fears, and working hard. The Guppies often make mistakes in their adventures, but they recognize and learn from them. The show's interactive style uses fun songs and questions directed at the audience to encourage kids' involvement and to emphasize its positive messages.
Positive Role Models
As the Guppies' teacher, Mr. Grouper is a model of patience and respect, giving direction to their curiosity and helping them understand how things work. The Guppies are great role models for kids as well, since they value friendship, they ask lots of questions, and they're always excited to make new discoveries.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bubble Guppies is a cheerful preschool series that encourages active involvement from young viewers. It has wonderful social messages about friendship, responsibility, and solving problems. The Guppies are curious about their world and excited to team up and explore it, and their enthusiasm for learning can inspire kids' own interest in making discoveries. Catchy music, imaginative play, and relatable stories with positive messages make this a worthwhile show for preschoolers.
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Based on 34 parent reviews
Very good except for ONE thing
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My 2 year old loves it- except for the chase scenes!
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What's the Story?
BUBBLE GUPPIES is the story of a diverse group of friends who delight in making discoveries in their underwater world. The colorful preschool-age characters let their thirst for knowledge lead them on adventures of all kinds -- from digging up dinosaur bones to learning the ins and outs of rock ‘n' roll -- all under the watchful eye of their caring teacher, Mr. Grouper (voiced by Tino Insana). Along the way, Gil (Zachary Gordon), Molly (Brianna Gentilella), Deema (Angelina Wahler), and the rest of the gang learn that curiosity and mishaps often go hand in hand, but with friends along for the ride, no challenge is impossible.
Is It Any Good?
This upbeat series is the work of the team behind The Backyardigans, which is no surprise since it capitalizes on the same formula of catchy music, endearing characters, and kid-friendly humor. What's more, Bubble Guppies' interactive style engages kids and asks them to take an active role in the plot by answering questions, using their imagination, and, of course, singing and dancing.
The show's topics are on par with preschoolers' interests, and many storylines show the characters overcoming fears that kids can relate to, like riding in an ambulance or going to the doctor, so there are plenty of opportunities for parents to reinforce the learning after the show's over. What's more, the characters' make-believe play can inspire similar fun from kids as they put their own imaginations to work.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about friendship and how it's portrayed in Bubble Guppies. Who are your good friends? What do you like most about being with them? Do you work well together? Can you think of a time when you overcame a challenge with a friend?
Kids: What problem did the Bubble Guppies face? What options did they have for solving the problem? Which path did they choose? Is this what you would have done? Why or why not?
What are some of your favorite shows? Do you like ones like this that ask you to get involved? What did you learn from this show?
How do the characters in Bubble Guppies demonstrate teamwork? Why is that an important character strength?
- Premiere date: January 24, 2011
- Cast: Angelina Wahler, Brianna Gentilella, Zachary Gordon
- Network: Nickelodeon
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Friendship, Ocean Creatures
- Character Strengths: Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Last updated: December 8, 2022
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