Central Park

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun animated musical comedy is both sweet and edgy.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 12 reviews

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Positive Messages

Central Park is represented as an important and iconic New York City spot. Family is a theme. There are some subtle stereotypes, but most are about the city itself than the people who live there. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Tillermans are a close family. Birdie is eccentric but honest and fun. Bitsy is greedy and bitter. The voice cast is diverse in gender and race.  

Violence

Some brief moments of fantasy violence, including dead rodents being run over by bicyclists, people vandalizing the park, etc. References are sometimes made to muggings and other crimes. A cast member imagines being a superhero and fighting crime, using force if necessary. 

Sex

Some references to sex that will go over the heads of young viewers. Occasional bathroom humor is also present. Characters are sometimes seen in their underwear. 

Language

Words like "ass" and "hell" are audible. 

Consumerism

Occasional references to NYC landmarks.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some cast members are shown drinking cocktails. Teen marijuana use is also visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Central Park is an edgy animated musical comedy about people associated with New York’s iconic park. It has some occasional strong language including "ass" and "hell." Sexual jokes and innuendo (some of which will go over younger kids’ heads) are a part of the show, and there's a bit of bathroom humor. Brief images of teens hiding and smoking marijuana are shown. Moments of fantasy violence range from rodents being run over by bicycles and references to muggings, to a young character's imaginary superhero crime-fighting antics. 

User Reviews

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Adult Written byKevin Mo June 3, 2020

Please stop reviewing after the first episode CSM!

This series is PG, not TV-14 like Apple says. It’s fine for the kids. Cole uses a slur but it will slide past the kids. Perfectly fine for kids. Lots of songs,... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 26, 2021
Teen, 14 years old Written byGusAllen9 April 24, 2021

What's the story?

From the creators of Bob’s Burgers comes CENTRAL PARK, an animated musical comedy about the caretakers of New York City’s iconic park. Narrated by a street performer named Birdie (Josh Gad),  it follows Central Park manager Owen Tillerman (Leslie Odom Jr.), who lives in a house in the park with his family, including his wife Paige (Kathryn Hahn), a journalist for a small local paper, and their kids, Molly (Kristen Bell) and Cole (Tituss Burgess). Owen loves living and working in a place surrounded grass, paths, and visitors. But local socialite and business developer Bitsy Brandenham (Stanley Tucci) intends to buy the space and, with the help of her assistant Helen (Daveed Diggs), open it up for urban development. 

Is it any good?

This fun, well-written series hits lots of high notes thanks to a good script and a talented all-star cast. It manages to strike a creative balance between different story telling genres, allowing it to consistently deliver the producers’ smart, dry humor. Furthermore, Birdie’s narration, combined with the musical numbers, give it a slight Broadway flair that's both sweet and edgy. But, in-between folks breaking out into song lies a solid plot that's moved along by colorful, believable characters. Overall, Central Park is entertaining, and worth tuning into if you’re looking for something light and enjoyable. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how difficult it is to combine different styles of storytelling in a single series. Do you think Central Park does it successfully? Why or why not?

  • How are people of different classes, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations represented in the series? Are these representations stereotypical? How would viewers know the difference if they’ve never been to New York City or Central Park?

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