Parents' Guide to

Chill with Bob Ross

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Mellow artist paints soothing landscapes in relaxing series.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

Bob Ross is probably the absolute best role model your child can have.
age 8+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (5 ):

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 The grainy film quality and outdated art styles may not be everyone's cup of tea, but for those who appreciate camp and are looking for a fun way to decompress, Chill with Bob Ross makes an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.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 11, 1983
  • Cast: Bob Ross
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-G
  • Last updated: October 29, 2023

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