Curious George



Notorious monkey amuses and teaches preschoolers.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show encourages curiosity, love of learning, and exploring one's surroundings. It also teaches basic math and science concepts.

Positive role models

George is blessed with good-natured curiosity, but it often leads to trouble. (In fact, in real life, some of his choices are potentially dangerous.) On the plus side, he's forced to solve his own problems and learn important lessons in the process.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that George's curiosity is contagious and will probably encourage preschoolers to explore their surrounding in similar ways. That's great, but it also means that little ones need to be cautioned about certain things George does that may actually be dangerous in real life (even though they're treated with humor on the show). A little parental guidance should steer them in the right direction.

What's the story?

Based on the classic children's books by Margret and H.A. Rey and narrated by William H. Macy, the animated series CURIOUS GEORGE follows the adventures of the world's most famous monkey, who's notorious for an insatiable curiosity that almost invariably gets him into trouble. With the help and guidance of his best friend and mentor, The Man in the Yellow Hat, and other pals such as Chef Pisghetti, Hundley the dachsund, Gnocchi the cat, Jumpy the squirrel, Professor Wiseman (who runs the Science Museum) and a teenager named Bill, George (voiced by Frank Welker) sets out each day to discover new things -- such as how a clock works or what makes a boat stay afloat -- which often turn into humorous misadventures. Episodes often show George cleverly and systematically solving a problem or mystery; when Chef Pisghetti suspects Gnocchi of scratching up the restaurant seats, George sets about proving Gnocchi's innocence by comparing the length and depth of Gnocchi's scratches on the door to those of the scratches on the seats. Each animated segment is followed by a live-action segment that features real kids exploring an aspect of the story -- such as making and flying a kite (following George's fly-away kite adventure) or visiting a discovery museum to find out how certain devices or machines work.

Is it any good?


Witty and clever, the series more than does justice to the beloved books, as George's infectious enthusiasm for exploring the world around him not only amuses tots but also introduces them to math, science, and engineering concepts. The show's scripts are smart and engaging, with the supporting characters providing plenty of humor and many clever twists in the story lines. The animation is sharp and colorful, but classic in the sense that it stays true to the art in the books -- which should please fans. Preschoolers will love following Curious George on his entertaining adventures and learning about the world around them.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about each of George's adventures. What did he explore or discover? What was the result? Did his curiosity get him into trouble in this episode? If so, how did he solve his problem? What did George learn? What did you learn that you didn't know before? What do you think would happen to George in the real world?

TV details

Cast:Frank Welker, William H. Macy
Network:PBS Kids
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures, Book characters, Friendship, Science and nature, Wild animals
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written byGhcool April 9, 2008
Parent of a 3 year old Written bymradventurous March 19, 2011

Really the best show for 2-4 year olds that I've seen.

Brilliant for kids. Entertaining for parents. The narration teaches basic concepts from a 3-year-old perspective.
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Adult Written byRee April 9, 2008

Love it!

My 2 and 4 year-olds love this show. I do wish the animation were more like the original George series, however, the situations, themes, and messages are fantastic! Way to go PBS!


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