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Doc McStuffins

Excellent preschool series has positive messages for kids.
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Educational value

The process by which Doc diagnoses and treats her patients teaches kids critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Each story has reassuring messages about going to the doctor, as Doc tackles many of kids' common fears (getting a check-up, having a shot, etc.) in a friendly, non-threatening way.

Positive messages

Doc McStuffins makes a concerted effort to forego stereotypes. Doc and her family are African American, Doc's mom is a doctor, and her dad is the kids' primary caretaker, who's often seen tending to naptime or cooking dinner while Mom is at work. Doc's interactions with her stuffed friends reflect preschoolers' vivid imaginations and greater awareness of people's jobs through role-playing. Additional themes include communication and courage.

Positive role models

Doc's parents encourage her dreams and desire to follow in the footsteps of her mom, the doctor. As a role model herself, Doc is patient with her younger brother and always willing to lend a hand when he runs into trouble. She demonstrate compassion, empathy, and curiosity.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Doc McStuffins is an animated preschool series that sends excellent messages to kids about imaginative play, caring for others, and problem solving. Kids see 6-year-old Doc taking initiative to "heal" her toys, which typically involves replacing batteries or re-stitching a seam, encouraging independence and a can-do attitude. The fact that the show centers on an African-American family whose parents take on reversed gender roles (mom at work, dad at home) reflects society's diversity, and Doc's kid-friendly health tips are good reminders about basic personal hygiene.

What's the story?

DOC MCSTUFFINS is an animated series about a 6-year-old doctor in the making who cares for toys of all shapes and sizes. Working out of a clinic in her backyard playhouse, Doc McStuffins (voiced by Kiara Muhammad) re-stitches, recharges, and repairs a variety of neighborhood patients with help from her collection of talking toys, including Stuffy the dragon (Robbie Rist), cuddly Lambie (Lara Jill Miller), Hallie the nurse (Loretta Devine), and Chilly the worrisome snowman (Jess Harnell). Sometimes Doc gets advice from her mom (Kim Brooks), who's a "people" doctor, and she dishes out advice about taking care of yourself to stay healthy.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

This thoughtfully crafted show caters to preschoolers' increasing awareness of themselves and the world around them by centering on a bright, curious young girl who likes to help her friends. Doc McStuffins wants to be just like her mom, and she's learning that there are many things that are within her power to fix. She's a great example for young kids, who can walk through the process with her as she uses critical thinking to diagnose her patients ("What is the problem?" What are the clues?" "How can I solve it?") and nurse them back to help. The show also inspires kids' imaginations through Doc's interactions with her special toys and her clinic's magical nature.

Centering on an African-American family with reversed gender roles (mom works full-time and dad stays home with the kids), Doc McStuffins makes a great effort to reflect the diversity of modern family life. Need another reason to love this series? Kids might be slightly less leery of visiting their own doctor after viewing the experience in the show's non-threatening light, thanks to Doc's careful attention to her patients' physical and emotional needs.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way Doc McStuffins cares for others. Why is it important to show that we care for other people? What are some ways we can do that for our friends or family? How does it feel when someone does something special for us?

  • Kids: What routines do you follow that help you stay healthy? Why is it important to brush your teeth, wash your hands, and eat good food each day? How does your doctor help ensure that you stay healthy?

  • What roles do you like to play in make-believe? What costumes or props do you use? How do you incorporate your toys in your play? Do you ever pretend that the characters you see on TV are part of your play?

  • How do the characters in Doc McStuffins demonstrate compassion, curiosity, and empathy? What about communication and courage? Why are these important character strengths?

TV details

Premiere date:March 17, 2012
Cast:Kiara Muhammad, Kim Brooks, Robbie Rist
Network:Disney Junior
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Brothers and sisters, Friendship, Great girl role models
Character strengths:Communication, Compassion, Courage, Curiosity, Empathy
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent Written byWL41 March 23, 2012

Finally!

As a parent of 4 and an early childhood special educator, I think this is an excellent program. Long overdue. Kudos to Disney for meeting the challenge.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old July 5, 2013

good for little kids

This is a cartoon show about a girl who's about 5 or 6 who is a doctor to cuddly toys. The toys walk and talk and Doc McStuffins helps try to fix them. I would give it a 1 star (because I'm 10 and it's boring for me) but my 3-year old sister and lots of other kids would probably give it 5. So. Anyway the girl has her own toys they're a lamb who is a ballerina and a dragon who are in it all the time and a doll called Susie (which is my sister's name too) who is only in it sometimes. and some other toys but i don't know their names. Mostly she fixes different toys and sometimes her little brother's. they always sing the checkup song and at the end it has a health message. it is educational because she tells little kids about being healthy and other things and also she makes the kids feel good. and she has her dad and mum too her mum's a doctor too. the age would be 2 and a half - about 5 years old.
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Kid, 11 years old May 8, 2012

The Doc is In!

This is one of the few shows to me that actually hold up. To me, RARELY does a preschool show entertain me and make me want more. This is that one exception. This is likley the 2nd best show on Disney Channel (Phineas and Ferb being the first, AND best show of all time), but I mainly like it because of Stuffy, the little blue dragon. Wonderful Show, Wonderful Characters, and best of all, they ACTUALLY portray Doc as a well shifted preschooler!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models