Charlie and Lola

TV review by
Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Brit siblings set good examples; great for kids.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 32 reviews

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Positive Messages

Themes include communication and compassion. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Siblings are very courteous of one another's feelings and are articulate when expressing their feelings. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Charlie and Lola is a delightful cartoon is beautiful, the characters are charming and funny, and the stories are simple and sweet. It's a great show for parents and kids to watch together and can inspire not only laughter, but also creative projects based on the wonderful, collage-like animation.

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byHolly R. September 27, 2019

Average kids show with terrible animation made to mimic terrible toddler drawings...

I honestly can't remember much about the show other than the ugly animation and the characters being obsessed with "pink milk". And I have watche... Continue reading
Adult Written byCaileyKin Reviews November 1, 2018

Absolutely One Of The Best Shows Out There!

For starters, this show is charming in every way. You have two little British siblings who have endless adventures simply due to their beautiful and wild imagin... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byopalescent June 13, 2015

Best little kid's show EVER!

I'm way older than 3, and I still LOVE LOVE LOVE this show! Whenever I visit my family in the UK, I always watch this show with my sister (okay, mainly bec... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old February 22, 2011


Even when I am 10 I still like it! Although I think my 3 year old friend likes it more than me!

What's the story?

CHARLIE AND LOLA is based on a series of books by Laura Childs. From across the pond come two articulate siblings who are utterly disarming with their English accents. Their voices and character bring to life the stories and animation of the books from which they were born. Charlie is a sensible 7-year-old, and Lola is his younger sister. She's dramatic and adorable -- when she decides she wants to be cast as the sun in the school play, nothing will stop her, not even being told she didn't get the part. Her brother helps guide her decisions and always gets a laugh out of his sister's antics.

Is it any good?

The show's animation is beautiful; its simple drawings interspersed with real photographs give the show the look of a collage. The stories in Charlie and Lola are simple and sweet, with Charlie helping Lola to get to school on time, feel better when she's sick, and get over being cast as a leaf.

Lola always finds the positive side to her situations -- and Charlie is always there to guide her. Both parents and kids will adore this brilliant program.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the relationship between Charlie and Lola. Is it reflective of your family? What can your kids learn about consideration from this show? Do your kids watch out for one another? What do your kids think about the series' animation and artwork?

  • How do Charlie and Lola demonstrate communication and compassion? Why are those important character strengths?

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