Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Excellent lessons from Mister Rogers' next generation.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 48 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 21 reviews

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Educational Value

The series encourages preschoolers to think critically about how to navigate relatable issues like breaking a toy, and each story offers a positive example of one way to cope. Early learning skills like basic numbers and letter sounds are incorporated in a natural way. Each episode's theme is reiterated many times through song and dialogue.

Positive Messages

Daniel's experiences remind kids that life is rarely perfect, but with patience and loving guidance from grown-ups, they can learn how to cope with the little tribulations. Strong relationships and communication are a primary emphasis in the stories, and Daniel always leans on friends and family for help when he needs it. Curiosity, empathy, and teamwork are additional themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Every character models positive qualities, including loyalty, compassion, and a sense of humor. Adults guide the kids through making decisions and solving problems without discounting how their experiences make them feel. Daniel is gentle, kind, and eager to learn; he learns to deal with his emotions thanks to advice from friends and family. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is produced by The Fred Rogers Company and, aside from being an animated series centered on a young tiger, closely parallels the gentle tone and emphasis on social strategies that have made Mister Rogers' Neighborhood a TV icon. Preschoolers will be drawn to Daniel and his friends, and his experiences will validate the emotions they experience -- such as disappointment, sadness, frustration, and joy -- before demonstrating age-appropriate techniques for dealing with them. The show has strong messages about friendship and family bonds, as well as respect for curiosity, and each story offers opportunities for basic preschool skills like letter sounds and counting. This delightful series is a well-rounded choice for little kids, and parents who have fond memories of Mister Rogers will enjoy revisiting his messages with a new generation of characters.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 year old Written bykristinemay November 7, 2012

Best PBS show of 2012!

This is a show my 3 1/2 year old son looks forward to everyday. The animation in comparable to Super Why! but geared towards a slightly younger age group. It ha... Continue reading
Adult Written byschenectady1869 September 24, 2012

DEFINITELY Something Good

From the day that the Birthday Episode arrived on the PBS Kids mobile app, I was hooked... and then I shared it with my almost 2 year old daughter. It's be... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byWaffleberry January 3, 2014

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Is NOT Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

I watched Mr. Roger's Neighborhood when I was young, and I loved it. It was one of the few kids shows that wasn't animated, and it taught important st... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDarky'sReviews June 18, 2014

Somewhat amusing for the tots, COMPLETE TORTURE for everyone else- YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

I remember around a year ago when my youngest sister would watch the local preschool channel 24/7 even though she was already 7. Mum, my 9 year old sister and I... Continue reading

What's the story?

From The Fred Rogers Company comes DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD, an animated series that invites preschoolers into the friendly hometown of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger (voiced by Jake Beale), a curious, imaginative kid who loves to embark on adventures with his friends O the Owl (Zachary Bloch), Miss Elaina (Addison Holley), Katerina Kittycat (Amariah Faulkner), and Prince Wednesday (Nicholas Kaegi). As Daniel and his pals explore their world, they find things don't always work out according to plan, but each misfortune can be turned into a positive opportunity if they have a positive attitude. Through songs, stories, and make believe, Daniel and his viewers learn the value of friendship and emotional flexibility, which helps them navigate the choppy waters of growing up.

Is it any good?

This endearing show was inspired by the award-winning Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and its relationship to this iconic kids' series gives parents good reason to tune in with their tots. Kids who are brand new to the Mister Rogers characters will take an immediate shine to this modern animated generation, and moms and dads who cut their teeth on King Friday, X the Owl, and Lady Elaine Fairchilde will delight in the touches of the classics noticeable in those characters' preschool-age kids, nieces, and nephews. And the parallels don't stop there; Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood pays respectful homage to Mister Rogers with its music, its stories, and, of course, its very welcoming host.

And, not content to just look and sound like the original, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood appeals to preschoolers on a level that only animation can, taking the opportunity to teach them important interpersonal and pre-reading skills. Because Daniel speaks directly to his audience, kids feel like they're part of the story from the beginning, and they'll feel his disappointments, share his joys, and learn lessons along with him. Need another reason to love it? Its seamless incorporation of preschool skills like counting and phonics is a good reminder of how easily these can be practiced when you're playing with your kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about relationships. How do Daniel and his friends show their affection for one another in Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood? What are your favorite things to do for your friends or your siblings?

  • Kids: What problem did the characters face in this episode? How did it make them feel? How were they able to deal with it? What, if anything, would you have done differently?

  • Parents can use this opportunity to talk about how people rely on each other in a neighborhood or a town. What roles do people play in the town where you live? What would happen if no one did these jobs?

  • How do the characters in Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood demonstrate communication, curiosity, and teamwork? What about compassion and empathy? Why are these important character strengths?

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