Critter Gitters

TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Engaging show long on animal facts, short on plausibility.

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Educational Value

Many animal facts are sprinkled throughout each episode.

Positive Messages

The show has strong messages supporting conservation and the protection of wildlife.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The kids are really dedicated to helping rescue and save animals. That said, there's very little adult supervision, and the kids sometimes make iffy choices -- like running off alone.

Violence & Scariness

Some of the animals might be a little scary for very young or sensitive viewers.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this show about kids who rescue animals is mostly positive and educational, with strong messages about conservation, not all of the "good guys" always behave perfectly appropriately. In one episode, for example, a girl who should have known better runs off into the bush and gets lost in a very dangerous area.  Also, some of the animals might be scary for sensitiveor very young viewers.

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What's the story?

The CRITTER GITTERS are a crew of school-age kids who rescue animals from threatening situations. Of course, they sometimes almost get themselves in as much trouble as the critters they're rescuing. But in the course of dealing with the animals, the kids talk about the different creatures they encounter, which means that their dialogue is peppered with all sorts of interesting facts (like how many teeth an alligator has).

Is it any good?

For a show with dialogue as forced as this -- not to mention one that stretches the bounds of plausibility (grade-school kids out in the wilderness with few, if any adults around?) -- it's actually surprisingly engaging. Yes, the animal facts get a tad tedious, as do the stock characters. But somehow it works more often than not and leaves you with a pleasant feeling. Young animal lovers are bound to be entertained (and might learn a few things, too).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how realistic the show seems. Does any of this seem like something that could happen to real kids? And does everything that happens make sense in terms of what happened before?

  • kids: Do you think the show got all of its animal facts right? How could you check them (and find out more) if you wanted to?

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