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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
If you can manage to stay awake, you'll pick up useful information about color values, composition, art supplies, and painting techniques.
Even beginners can create something beautiful, and there are no "mistakes" -- they're "happy accidents!"
Positive Role Models
Ross is relentlessly (and yet soothingly) upbeat and encouraging. He speaks warmly of coworkers, family, and wildlife.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chill with Bob Ross is a curated selection of landscape painter Bob Ross's old PBS series The Joy of Painting. Ross shows viewers how to create a new painting from start to finish in each 25-minute episode. The subject matter and narration are all supremely positive and mellow -- so mellow, in fact, that it may bore younger kids who won't really "get it." Probably best suited for older kids and adults looking to giggle, zone out, and relax.
Is It Any Good?
The idea that anyone watches this how-to show while standing at an easel, following along as Ross does his thing, is dubious -- but using it as a visual and auditory tranquilizer is a no-brainer. There's just something inherently relaxing about watching someone create something out of nothing, and his optimistic demeanor and encouraging bon mots (Ross doesn't believe in mistakes, he believes in "happy accidents") make the groovy painter feel like a familiar, favorite uncle. The grainy film quality and outdated art styles may not be everyone's cup of tea, but for those who appreciate camp and are looking for a fun way to decompress, Chill with Bob Ross makes an ultra-soothing balm for anxious times.
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