Parents' Guide to

Bubble Guppies

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Cheerful aqua tots teach kids good social lessons.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 34 parent reviews

age 2+

Very good except for ONE thing

As you're all most likely familiar with, there's always one conflict. They are usually chased by someone or something, which always ends up fine. HOWEVER, they always trust suspicious characters after they "promise" to not do anything. Ex. Dentist guppies saying the alligator can hang out if it "promises" to not eat them. As you know children are impressionable. This show doesn't touch on stranger danger at all, just teaches that it's okay to trust someone instantly if they say nice things. So just be wary of that.
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age 2+

My 2 year old loves it- except for the chase scenes!

I'm surprised that none of the other reviewers have mentioned all of the chase scenes. In a lot of the episodes the bubble guppies are chased by an animal (or choo choo). The resolution is always positive (the tiger was just wondering if it had any mail, the Machu Picchu choo choo just wanted to help, the polar bear decided to share the beach, etc) but my toddler is still scared when the bubble guppies run away. She still asks to watch the show, adores the characters and the songs, and seems to be becoming less scared... but I think other parents should be aware that sensitive kids might be frightened.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (34):
Kids say (51):

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.

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