Family movie night? There's an app for that
Download our new mobile app on iOS and Android.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series celebrates the potential of imaginative play in the characters' great adventures that take place in and around their home. Basic preschool concepts like following directions and thoughtful problem-solving skills are shown in the stories.
Kids see Emily Elizabeth, Clifford, and their friends learn through imagination and exploration. Their adventures around their hometown challenge them to solve problems and find answers to questions, as well as to use resources like maps and books to do so. The stories show the characters being inclusive and helpful to those around them.
Positive Role Models
Clifford and Emily Elizabeth demonstrate the very best qualities of friendship. They respect each other's views and opinions, and they take influence from each other in positive ways. Together they welcome others to their adventures and make new friends by doing so.
Products & Purchases
The series is a reboot of another of the same name, and both are inspired by the classic children's book series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Clifford the Big Red Dog is a reboot of the TV series of the same name and before that, the children's books by Norman Bridwell. The stories are rich in examples of friendship, kindness, and empathy. Clifford and his human friend, Emily Elizabeth, pair up for imaginative adventures of their own concoction through either make believe or some unexpected task that presents itself to them. They are resourceful and clever in how they solve problems and they always take joy in helping other people. These sweet stories are an excellent pick for well-rounded preschool entertainment.
Is It Any Good?
Lovable, loyal Clifford still easily wins over viewers more than 50 years after he made his entrance in children's books. He's everything a child could hope for in a BFF; he's gentle, empathetic, and up for just about anything his gregarious person suggests. What's more, he's an equal partner in it all now that he can talk with Emily Elizabeth, which allows them to share their thoughts and ideas in real time.
Clifford's adventures remain a solid go-to for screen time of substance. There's always an obvious lesson to be learned or a skill to be practiced at a pace that's just right for preschoolers. Conflict exists in mild and manageable ways that usher in opportunities to practice being a good friend and citizen and reinforce messages of kindness. Above all, the stories in Clifford the Big Red Dog demonstrate the value of imaginative play.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.