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Parents' Guide to

Dino Ranch

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Dino adventures are a sweet celebration of family.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 2+

Don't Bother.

This show is absolutely empty. No lessons, no information on dinosaurs, nothing. My youngest, (2) started watching this on Disney+ and once I saw it I had to block the show from him because it's a pure time waster. It seems the show was made just to sell products. I'd recommend Octonauts over this as its actually informational and has actual lessons. I'd even recommend Rainbow High or Bluey instead.
age 4+

Multiracial adoptive family of dinosaur ranchers

Each episode wraps up with the lesson learned by the young ranchers, who are adopted siblings. Neighboring ranchers sometimes make trouble unnecessarily, but it’s resolved and lessons are theoretically learned.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Dino Ranch will delight dinosaur-obsessed kids, but less prehistorically-inclined kids may find the show somewhat lackluster (and grown-ups may wonder why in the world there are dinosaurs on a ranch). Looking past that inaccuracy, the dinosaur ranch conceit is pretty fun. Viewers will especially love seeing the human kids taking care of adorable baby dinosaurs and engaging in wild-west lassoing antics atop of dinosaurs. All sorts of cool dinosaurs are showcased in the stories, so there's a bit of educational content sprinkled throughout.

The episodes do a good job of highlighting social-emotional lessons, but the family members are such unrealistically perfect role models it makes the storylines feel less real and the takeaways less potent. Also, the pro-social messages are more aimed at preschool kids, and some of the dinosaur adventures may be too scary for that age group. It's wonderful that this show is making an effort at diverse representation, but it would be even stronger if the episodes talked more explicitly about the kids being adopted and mentioned the characters' cultural backgrounds by name.

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