A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Important lessons on working together and being confident and kind. Lessons are explicitly presented by adults in the real world and then repeated by characters in Oz. A song always repeats the main ideas to help kids remember. Since it's a musical show, it also inspires creative expression through songs and dance.
Ideas include valuing uniqueness, teamwork, and finding one's voice and strength. Key takeaways are spoken and demonstrated in episodes, then reinforced in songs that explicitly state themes and lessons.
Positive Role Models
Main character is kind, positive, and always supports her friends. At times, she struggles with confidence, but she listens to advice and never gives up, even when things don't go well the first time. Her friends are brave, inventive, and creative, and they always work together, showing that having different strengths is powerful. Short moments of negativity are used to teach lessons like respecting each other and learning to wait. Grandma always lifts Dee up while setting clear boundaries.
Dee, short for Dorothy, is a young Black girl who gets her strength and knowledge from Grandma, another Black woman. The show portrays a relationship of respect and encouragement between generations. In her building, Dee has friends from different backgrounds and ethnicities. In the magical world of Oz, Dee meets friends of various species, shapes, and materials (tin, straw) living together in harmony. There's some use of analogy to teach children counter-stereotyping.
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Violence & Scariness
Brief moments of characters feeling scared or in peril, but the situations are never too threatening.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dee and Friends in Oz is the latest preschool show by creator Angela C. Santomero (Blue's Clues, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood). It brings a fresh twist to familiar characters and settings from The Wizard of Oz. The yellow brick road is now full of color, Dorothy's nickname is Dee, and her best friends are also younger versions of themselves. They all attend school together, and learn important lessons while helping others in Oz. In each episode of the musical show, Dee and her friends need to master a social-emotional skill like having confidence or cooperating with others. Only then they are able to solve the problem. The songs are catchy, with pop energy and lyrics that stick with you—good luck resisting humming "You gotta be confident!". The show follows a curriculum and uses analogies to discuss counter-stereotyping. Unlike the famous book series and movie adaptation, Dorothy is a young Black girl who lives with a supportive and encouraging Grandma. In their Oz adventures, Dee and her friends may encounter scary situations but the threat is far from real (like floating bubbles).
Is It Any Good?
With punch, vibrant color, and lots of heart, the musical series breathes new life into the land of Oz. Dee & Friends in Oz is engaging and energetic, featuring modern pop and R&B beats, with empowering lyrics that feel timeless. Kids who love music will find themselves singing and dancing to confidence-boosting tunes that won't alienate parents. In fact, you may find yourself wishing you had heard similar advice as a child! While some aspects of Oz may seem familiar at first glance, the show infuses the world with color, characters, and details -- the yellow brick road, for example, is now as colorful as Dee's glistening skirt.
An enticing watch-together show, Dee & Friends in Oz provides good fun -- and thought -- for the entire family.
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