Dino Ranch

TV review by
Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Dino adventures are a sweet celebration of family.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Each episode teaches a different social-emotional episode about teamwork, persistence, and more. There's some light dinosaur-related learning too (though humans and dinosaurs are alive at the same time, so there are some factual inaccuracies).

Positive Messages

Characters demonstrate positive behavior, and the episode plots help kids learn a social-emotional lesson.

Positive Role Models

The show has excellent representation with a racially diverse adoptive family. The representation would be even stronger if the episodes talked more explicitly about the kids being adopted, and mentioned the characters' racial backgrounds by name. The characters all make good choices and model positive behavior.

Violence & Scariness

Moderate scariness in dinosaur-related adventures. Some moments where characters are in a bit of danger and some semi-threatening dinosaurs, but never enough that it seems like the kids are going to get hurt. There's also some mild slapstick violence, for example where a bucking dinosaur sends a kid high up into the air and he lands on the ground in a cartoonish heap.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dino Ranch is about a family that lives on a dude ranch, except that they're managing dinosaurs instead of livestock. The show features a racially diverse adoptive family, and all of the characters are great role models. There's a moderate amount of scariness as the family deals with problems on the ranch, though it never seems like any characters are about to get hurt. Parents of young dino fans should consider their child's sensitivity to things like loud, sometimes aggressive dinosaurs and scenes where human kids are in a bit of danger.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydinoranchblows November 12, 2021

Dino Ranch is a ripoff of Dino Train

Put your fam on sum dinosaurs worth a damn, subliminal messages of heightened racism and instills immoral values into children. Don’t bother wasting your time,... Continue reading
Adult Written byAMYMCISHERE May 11, 2021

DINO RANCH!!!

My grandson (he just turned 1) is enthralled with Dino Ranch. He does not watch ANYTHING else but this show. It has a catchy song and a moral at the end. I h... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old February 20, 2021

Meh.

Pros: The show is good. It has brave role models, and teaches kids about the different types of dinosaurs, just like Dino Train.

Cons: I think that little... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byBadgersRool December 25, 2021

It has adorable dinosaurs and fun villains, but otherwise not the best

I really love the dinosaurs in the series, especially the Brontosaurus with its big eyes. It's so cute!!! I also love Oggy Tinhorn because he plays the ban... Continue reading

What's the story?

Past meets present in Dino Ranch, a dude ranch where the Cassidy family takes care of dinosaurs instead of livestock. Ma (Jane) and Pa (Bo) live with their three adopted kids on Dino Ranch. Jon is a confident cowboy, Min is an aspiring dinosaur doctor, and Miguel is the resident gadget inventor. Every day on the ranch brings new challenges, whether it's training a young Pachycephalosaurus not to head butt all the other dinosaurs, or finding the antidote to help a sick Brontosaurus who ate a poisonous plant. The Cassidy kids have to work together with their parents to overcome the obstacles of ranch life, while having dino-sized fun along the way.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the Cassidy family used teamwork to solve a problem on the ranch. Would they have figured out a solution if they were just working alone?

  • Did dinosaurs ever live together with people? Are dinosaurs alive today? Do you think it would be fun to take care of dinosaurs if they were alive?

  • Have you ever been to a ranch or a farm? Do you think you would like living on a farm, or does it look like hard work?

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