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By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Tame rescues OK for firefighter-loving preschoolers.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 2+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 2+

Cute Show, Kid Loves It

My little one loves the first responders working with their child companions to save the day. Themes like being kind to others, team work, sibling dynamics, and honesty are woven throughout. As far as the “lesbian moms,” it’s literally a passing thing when the little family has a picnic. No propaganda, just a family that maybe doesn’t look like the others. My two year old has yet to march in a pride parade after watching. Some people just like to complain - someone else’s addition doesn’t subtract from you ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
age 2+

Great diversity, great messages.

I love the diverse representation of families, cultures and representation of kids with different physical abilities. My car obsessed toddler also loves the show. I also appreciate that the police character is not the main focus of the show, instead having the fire fighter character be the main leader of the group. Their parents are fully aware of their actions, and they make good choices and learn appropriate lessons during the episodes.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (7 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Firebuds has its work cut out for itself: how do you make a show for preschoolers who love firefighters and police officers, while not being able to show anything first responders do because it's too scary for the audience? The show tackles this central issue with varying degrees of success. Many of the episodes' plots are dubious at best- like a police car getting stuck in a tree and then bounced by a trampoline on top of a speeding train. A lot of the 'problems' the kids have to solve were created by their own mistakes. The kids do learn a lesson from each mistake, but preschoolers may not remember the positive as much as the negative. That said, firefighter-obsessed kids or aspiring police officers will not mind the silly stories. Preschoolers will especially love the cute (and definitely Cars-reminiscent) vehicle characters. Parents just may wish that there was more heart in these storylines, especially since the show is highlighting some of the selfless work that real life first responders do in communities.

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