Doc McStuffins

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Excellent preschool series has positive messages for kids.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 27 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 22 reviews

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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 & Representations

Doc's parents encourage her dreams and desire to follow in the footsteps of her mom, who is a successful 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 demonstrates compassion, empathy, and curiosity.

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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult 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.
Parent of a 2, 4, and 7 year old Written bynewgirl1993 April 16, 2012

Great

All 3 of my kids love this show, and i dont mind waching it whith them
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 w... Continue reading
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. Th... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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