Parents' Guide to

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Old-school cartoon has strong positive messages.

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age 6+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+

Good life lessons.

Contains themes and solutions to kid problems that are still relevant today.

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Great messages
age 6+

Funny, wholesome entertainment

After listening to CDs of Bill Cosby's early stand-up routines, my 12 and 9 year-olds became huge fans of Cosby. Then they discovered this show, which they also enjoy very much. This is wholesome, nonviolent entertainment that is great for kids. It's a bit dull for adults, and the animation is primitive by today's standards, but I'd recommend this highly for kids.

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Despite the near-constant putdowns lobbied amongst group members, the show can be creditably described as sweet and gentle. Most of Fat Albert's adventures are ones small kids will relate to, such as being nervous to speak up in class, and his friends, teachers, and family members are unfailingly supportive and kindly.

Kids will also love the old-school animation, so much more urban and gritty than the clean-and-bouncy computer cartoons of today. Many of Fat Albert's friends are downright weird-looking, and that, plus the city neighborhood that the kids live in, will likely fascinate children just because it's so different than what is usually in modern cartoons.

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