Bubble Guppies

Common Sense Media says

Cheerful aqua tots teach kids good social lessons.





What parents need to know

Educational value

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. 

Positive messages

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.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cheerful preschool series encourages active involvement from young viewers and 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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?


That this upbeat series is the work of the team behind The Backyardigans won’t come as a surprise to anyone who tunes in, since Bubble Guppies capitalizes on the same formula of catchy music, endearing characters, and kid-friendly humor. What’s more, the show’s 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about friendship. 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?

TV details

Cast:Angelina Wahler, Brianna Gentilella, Zachary Gordon
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship, Ocean creatures
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Parent Written byGraham Cox February 1, 2012

Gives lousy basic physics education

WARNING. The productions frequently defy or reverse the basic physics that small children need to understand . For example, the characters catch and take a flight from an airport and fly amongst clouds in realistic aircraft , all underwater (Sky 30/1/12 4.30) or, another example, torches with flames are used for a open theatre underwater(1/2/12 4.30 Sky). there are hundreds of examples and the tragedy is that they are all unnecessary: maroplanes instead of aeroplanes/glowing fish instead of flames.
Written byAnonymous September 13, 2013

This sucks BIG TIME!

Now, I know we used to have Noggin and we had great baby shows like Blue's Clues, Little Bear, Jack's Big Music etc. But this is annoying! Nick Jr. is doing a terrible job now. This, Team Unizoomi, Super Why, Ni Hao Kai Lan, Lalaloopsy and the new Dora ALL SUCK! I haven't seen the other stuff though. Sure, it's good for little kids and they will learn a lot, but I'm sorry, this show is an Big Fail!
What other families should know
Educational value
Teen, 13 years old Written by13k November 18, 2012

Oh no, another worst show!!!

I cannot understand why this has to be made. It's worse than Boohbah, except the stories are OK but the characters are creepy. This garbage should be cancelled right away. Just watch Tj's World instead.
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Too much violence


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