Dora and Friends: Into the City!



School-age TV icon explores community service, friendship.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Similar to its parent series, this show integrates Spanish words and phrases into the dialogue, but it doesn't make obvious their English translations and sometimes skips them altogether. Latino culture is explored through some of the characters' dress, food, and hobbies. Kids will see that even young members of a community can be involved in its workings and have a positive impact. 

Positive messages

Kids see a group of friends tackle problems and fill needs in their community, thereby encouraging viewers to look around their own communities and consider their role within them. The diverse characters represent multiple ethnic backgrounds (with a focus on Latino culture through Dora) and individual interests, and they're stronger for the variety each brings to the mix. The young friends often communicate with hand-held devices and a Map App that helps navigate directions. 

Positive role models

Dora and her friends are real go-getters, very involved in the workings of their town and always quick to pitch in and help where they can. They use their resources to solve problems and never get frustrated by mistakes they make. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dora and Friends: Into the City! follows the adventures of a grade school-age Dora and her five best friends. The show's focus is on community service, friendship, and solving problems, all of which play out in stories that show the kids as valued and hard-working members of their vibrant hometown. Kids who are familiar with Dora's preschool explorations will enjoy how this series updates classic features such as Backpack and Map, and Latino culture and the Spanish language continue to be prominent fixtures in every story. With a cast of kids who enjoy making a difference in their community and an eager leader in Dora, this series is brimming with positive role models for young viewers. 

What's the story?

DORA AND FRIENDS: INTO THE CITY! is the continuing story of preschool TV icon Dora the Explorer, who's now grown up and eager to make her mark on her hometown of Playa Verde. Alongside her best friends -- Kate (Isabela Maner), Alana (Ashley Earnest), Emma (Kayta Thomas), Naiya (Alexandria Suarez), and Pablo (Eduardo Aristizabal) -- Dora (Fátima Ptacek) is always on the lookout for ways to help her neighbors, and many of her adventures play out through magical twists and turns. But even when new challenges arise, Dora and her friends put their heads together and manage to save the day, usually with a little help from her trusty Map App (Marc Weiner) and a bracelet filled with magical charms.

Is it any good?


For kids who've recently aged up from this bubbly hallmark of preschool TV, Dora and Friends: Into the City! is a fun way to revisit a more mature version of a beloved character. Much of what endeared Dora to younger kids still stands out in this series, from her confidence in the face of a challenge to her exuberance at a task's end. She's still a great friend and a natural leader and is rarely rattled when contemplating a problem. She's also proud of her heritage, and this series continues to expose kids to the language and culture of the Latino community in ways that feel natural within the diverse community setting.

But what really stands out is how much care its creators took in making the traits kids remember fondly about Dora the Explorer more relevant to an older age group. Her backpack full of magical items has been replaced by a fashionable charm bracelet, for instance, and, instead of calling on a singing map to guide the way, she clicks Map App on her electronic device. Also, at various points, she's still able to talk with animals and visit magical lands, which is always fun. Add to that the fact that the show is visually appealing and its fast-paced action is often set to music, and it's a safe bet kids will like this new installment of Dora's adventures. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what being part of a community means. What different roles do people play in your community? Why is each one important? What communities do you belong to?

  • What evidence do you see of Dora's Latino culture in these stories? Are any of them familiar to you? Does your family have any traditions that reflect your own heritage?

  • This show can inspire volunteerism in your kids as they see Dora and her friends pitch in around their hometown. What opportunities exist to help others where you live? How can doing so improve your community and the work that's done there?  

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Parent of a 1 and 4 year old Written byJill Murphy September 30, 2014

Love Dora's grown up approach

Plenty of diversity, a whole new group of friends, great music, and still core Dora messages. A nice next step for older preschoolers.
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Teen, 13 years old Written bytheauthorside March 25, 2015

Todos Juntos!

Dora and Friends: Into the City! is a great new Nickelodeon show. The characters are very relatable, because they all have their own interests and hobbies that viewers are bound to connect with. The music is another great aspect: the songs are very catchy and well written. It is totally different from the original Dora, because the characters are all teenagers, which is good for older viewers. I definitely recommend, five stars!
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