Curious George

TV review by
Larisa Wiseman, Common Sense Media
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Notorious monkey amuses and teaches preschoolers.
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Parents say

age 2+
Based on 36 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 19 reviews

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Positive messages

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

Positive role models & representations

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. He learns and demonstrates self-control and empathy.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that George's curiosity is contagious and will probably encourage preschoolers who watch Curious George 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.

User Reviews

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.
Kid, 12 years old March 30, 2013

Imaginative

George is an imaginative monkey that can solve problems and is entertaining, They taught me words and theories I never knew before and they never give up and pu... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old December 14, 2012

Great!

I watched this show all the way until the beginning of 4th grade. It's more than just an educational show. It has wonderful storylines, and good characters...

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about each of George's adventures in Curious George. 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? Did he use self-control?

  • 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?

  • How do the characters in Curious George demonstrate communication, compassion, and empathy? Why are these important character strengths?

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