Dinosaur Train is the greatest!
So Buddy says in a promo. His mother says, "You can say that again", to which Buddy again says, "Dinosaur Train is the greatest!" At that point all the dinos laugh in agreement. But Dinosaur Train really is the greatest! While there are a couple negative reviews, those are outliers, as almost all the reviews are positive. I'd never seen this show until now, but I wanted to see who's right. The positives are right. This series introduces its young viewers to scientific thinking and to basic facts about various species of dinosaurs (something even adults could learn from!). Not to be outdone, prosocial lessons are taught too. For example, in one episode Shiny wanted to be the leader and acted very bossy. By episode's end she learned what being a leader is truly all about- respecting others, letting everyone have a voice, being a good listener, etc. Additionally, tolerance, respect for differences and finding commonalities are givens and are not done with heavy-handed lessons. Moreover, the paleontologist who comes on at the end of every episode looks, acts and talks normally, not stereotypically. In other words, he contradicts the stereotype of people who go into science, which is a good thing, especially given the age group this series is aimed at. He also does a fine job at reinforcing the concepts learned in the show. At least 2 of Jim Henson's children work on this show. It seems that they took what they learned from SESAME STREET and their involvement with the show as children and have improved and expanded on it. Their father would be proud. All preschoolers (and everyone, really) should catch a ride on the Dinosaur Train!