Parents' Guide to

Calico Critters

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Cute series is light on story but full of warmth.

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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 3 parent reviews

age 3+

Boy crazy

You may think that because of its fabulously bite-sized episodes, this show was written thoughtfully and common-sensically for young children. Not at all. The episode I just watched showed three critters in full-skirted dresses taking turns telling each other about their ideal date. Ending with them giggling and congratulating each other.
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age 4+

Calico Critters and Boyfriends?

Storylines include ideal dates, ideal presents, boyfriends... This was not at all what I expected from Calico Critters. While the characters are adorable and the town charming, I don't know why a show aimed at young children should feature so many references to dating.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

With each episode calling it quits by the three-minute mark, there's no time to get bored even if the storylines aren't thrilling you (and the visuals are so cute it almost doesn't matter). Calico Critters won't win any awards for screenwriting -- the "adventures" here are slight and fluffy stuff -- but they're innocuous enough, with a mellow tone and super appealing visual style that may be just the ticket for families looking to have some harmless fun in front of the TV. Parent beware, however: the Critters come off so charming and sweet in this series, kids may end up wanting to rush out and bring home more of the toys in real life.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: November 1, 2018
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Kids' Animation
  • TV rating: TV-Y
  • Last updated: February 27, 2022

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