Curious George

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Simple lessons emerge in monkey's mischievous adventures.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

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Educational Value

The show is meant to entertain, but the stories involve positive messages and representations of healthy curiosity and exploration.

Positive Messages

George is curious, and he always wants to learn and try new things. The world is his to explore, and he takes advantage of it. Simple life lessons and positive values run throughout the stories.

Positive Role Models & Representations

George’s desire to learn inspires his adventures, but sometimes he gets into mischief that’s a challenge to fix. The Man with the Yellow Hat gives him good guidance when he's around.

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This series is inspired by books by H. A. and Margret Rey.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Curious George is a sweet animated series inspired by the beloved children's book character. George's curiosity gets him into some unpredictable situations that can be messy or otherwise inconvenient for him and for others around him, but he always figures out a solution and perseveres. George's actions are narrated, giving the show a storybook feel that's a lot like having a book read aloud, which invites checking out some of his other adventures in H. A. and Margaret Rey's books as a family. Themes about responsibility, problem solving, and, of course, curiosity stand out in this pleasant show.

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  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byflixandchill February 28, 2021

Great Show for Little Ones

I'm pretty selective when it comes to what my children watch, and Curious George is one of those rare shows that I never have to worry about or censor. Unl... Continue reading
Adult Written byDaniel L. August 1, 2020
Teen, 16 years old Written bysarcastic_tomato May 7, 2021
Kid, 7 years old February 27, 2021

What's the story?

CURIOUS GEORGE follows the adventures of an inquisitive and fun-loving monkey and his human friend, the Man with the Yellow Hat (voiced by Jeff Bennett). George's (Frank Welker) insatiable curiosity about the world around him leads him into some hilarious situations and challenges him to solve the problems they inevitably create. As he does so, George learns to take responsibility for his actions, to clean up his messes, and to acquire the new skills each scenario demands.

Is it any good?

Everyone's favorite domesticated monkey returns for more antics in this series that proves some characters just never get old. Curious George always entertains, perfectly capturing the nature of a preschooler’s sense of curiosity and embarking on mostly self-guided escapades to satisfy his sense of wonder. Because he doesn’t speak, a narrator offers context to his actions and insight to his thoughts and emotions.

Despite his best intentions to stave off disasters, George’s experiences always lead to mischief of one kind or another, but that never seems to discourage him. Kids can learn a lot from his ability to think on his feet and to bounce back when things just don’t go his way. Mostly, though, George’s adventures just entertain in a pleasant and humorous way that’s fun for preschoolers and their parents.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the good things that come of character strengths like curiosity. Without curiosity, how would we learn? What kinds of things make you curious? Where do you turn for answers?

  • These stories often see George going solo on his adventures in Curious George. What rules about safety does your family have when you are out and about? What are some important things to remember in meeting new people or visiting new places? Does George always approach new experiences like you would?

  • Can you infer George’s thoughts and feelings without the narrator’s help? How do his facial expressions and movements indicate whether he feels happy, worried, or scared? How does this kind of body language help us understand people when words can’t?

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For kids who love preschool fun

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