Clifford the Big Red Dog

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Favorite canine returns in exceptional series reboot.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 11 reviews

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Educational Value

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.


Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.


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Sexy Stuff

The series is a reboot of another of the same name, and both are inspired by the classic children's book series.


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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHorsegirl2099 July 14, 2021

Way off of the original

The animation is vary sub par to the original Clifford. You would think with this being 2021 the animation would get better not worse. I find it odd that Emily... Continue reading
Adult Written byVonDaddo December 20, 2020

Great music. Great diversity.

You can tell the music was written by quality professionals in the musical theatre industry. That means the songs are interesting and inventive and not the bori... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byKPGamingz February 19, 2021

The show is just ok.

As a guy who grew up with the original, this serves a way different approach to the whole franchise. Emily can now talk to Clifford but can't with the othe... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCocoWar1228 September 16, 2021

Extremely Annoying

This has to be the most annoying show ever. Too many musical scenes, some start really fast. They sing like 3 times every episode. I don't like the design... Continue reading

What's the story?

CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG follows the adventures of a young girl named Emily Elizabeth (voiced by Hannah Levinson) and her giant canine best friend, Clifford (Adam Sanders), as they explore their quaint home of Birdwell Island and make new friends along the way. With imagination guiding their way to all kinds of new experiences, Clifford and Emily make each day special by tackling challenges, solving problems, and playing make-believe, always with an eagerness to help others if the need arises.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what inspires the characters' adventures in Clifford the Big Red Dog. How do they use their imaginations to create opportunities for play and learning? What are your kids' favorite ways to play make-believe?


  • In what ways are Emily Elizabeth and Clifford good role models of friendship and kindness? Do they ever disagree? If so, how do they resolve it? What benefits do they get from welcoming new friends to their group?

  • Kids: How does the characters' curiosity pay off for them? Why is curiosity a good quality to have? What other character strengths do you see in this show's characters?


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