Craig of the Creek

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

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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 byDerrick H. April 4, 2018

One of the best!!!!!

I really think this show is one of the best shows Cartoon Network has ever shown!!!! Unlike Teen Titans Go which should be taken out because of bad things it sh... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous April 9, 2018

Makes Me Miss Going Outside

This show has plenty of action, plus some pretty good role models! :D Two big thumbs up!
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
Teen, 14 years old Written bysweetgamer_575 April 9, 2018

Why check CMS for this

first of all its on cartoon network its a cartoony show but this show has a good story and role models nothing bad

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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