Craig of the Creek

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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 Parents recommendPopular with kids
Adventure, affirming messages stand out in appealing series.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 22 reviews

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Educational Value

Intends to entertain rather than to educate, but characters' adventures remind viewers of the benefits of imaginative play, which allows kids to be heroes of their own making.


Positive Messages

Kids see Craig and his friends immerse themselves in a world of make-believe that fills needs in all their lives. Imagination leads them on adventures that challenge their abilities to solve problems, overcome fears, work together. The characters are not strangers to adversity; each faces emotions like loneliness and feeling overlooked, but friendship and time at the creek are positive outlets. Diversity among characters: Craig and family are African American.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adults not prominent in the series. In the case of Kelsey's dad, he's a single parent who works a lot, so he spends little time with her. Craig and his friends find their own way and help each other in adults' absence. Among themselves, they are loyal, kind, and courageous.


Violence & Scariness

Some suspense and mild scares, as when an unknown being pops out of the woods and frightens Craig and his friends.


Sexy Stuff

Occasionally "stupid" and "dumb."


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Craig of the Creek is an animated series from the creators of Steven Universe. It's set in and around a nature area that's a beacon to neighborhood kids, who flock there because it offers them a place where their imaginations can run wild and they don't have to answer to anyone else's expectations. Creativity, joy, adventure, individuality, and self-discovery are recurring themes in stories that celebrate the simple truths of childhood. Craig and his friends experience some outside pressures at home, including sibling spats and distant parents, but they find camaraderie and loyalty among their peers at the creek.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bya158701 April 23, 2021

Excellent New Nick Cartoon

I really like that Craig of the Creek portrayal of a decent African American pre teen with a very decent loving family in a positive light. Their family in gene... Continue reading
Adult Written byJohn Dio C. November 2, 2020

A very good show

I agree with some criticism that the love scene of two teenagers is the only scene in the show. Some shows like in the 1960s, they never show anyone's love... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bylightningbolt13 April 6, 2018

a step in the right direction

craig of the creek is another slice of life show brought to air by cartoon network. except this time its actually good! its one of the rare shows that has a per... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 19, 2020

This is my favorite cartoon

Okay, maybe it's tied with the Steven Universe franchise...but anyway! I think this cartoon is incredibly underrated. One of the main things that convinced... Continue reading

What's the story?

CRAIG OF THE CREEK follows the adventures of best friends Craig (voiced by Philip Solomon), Kelsey (Georgie Kidder), and J.P. (H. Michael Croner) in the uncultivated neighborhood play area known as the creek. It's a place known only to kids and legislated by playground rules rather than grown-up law, and it's where all the best quests for glory happen. As the oft-overlooked middle child in his family, Craig craves a place where he can be himself, whether that's silly, serious, or somewhere in between. With his friends by his side and the creek as his sanctuary, there's nothing standing in Craig's path to adventure.

Is it any good?

This series has a throwback quality about it that's really appealing in a time of device overload. For Craig and his friends, the creek is a mecca, a place where anything can happen and they can be anyone they want. Imagination and creativity rule the day, and the hassles of real life get checked at the entrance. It's a place where being tagged as "it" can ruin your life, until you and your friends craft an ingenious solution to an age-old problem like the endless game of tag.

Craig of the Creek touches on some issues that could strike a chord with kids, like abrasive sibling relationships and a child's view of a parent's long work hours. The stories usually don't address these weightier issues directly, but their presence does help explain why the kids so readily embrace the freedom and opportunity they find at the creek.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how family relationships are presented in Craig of the Creek. How do the different characters' family structures affect what they seek among their friends? Is any one family structure or dynamic perfect? What makes family relationships complicated?

  • Kids: Can you relate to Craig's style of imaginative play? How does make-believe help you discover things about yourself that you otherwise might not? What freedom does your imagination allow you that more structured play doesn't?

  • What positive character traits do you see at play in Craig, Kelsey, and J.P.? In what ways do they demonstrate their ability to persevere in difficult circumstances? When are they brave? Besides these three, are there other good role models in this series?

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Our editors recommend

For kids who love animated adventure

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