A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Social emotional lessons like being responsible and listening to instructions.
Positive messages around teamwork and helping your community.
Positive Role Models
Characters are friendly and have positive intentions, though their followthrough is sometimes lacking. They do learn a lesson from their mistakes but preschoolers may not remember the positive as much as the negative.
Diverse racial backgrounds of main characters, and their heritage is explicitly discussed. Some secondary characters are LGBTQ+.
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Violence & Scariness
Mild fear and rescue excitement, but no actual fires or realistically scary situations.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Firebuds is an animated preschool series about 3 kids who aspire to be a firefighter, police officer, and paramedic. Stars like chef José Andrés, Patton Oswalt, and "Weird Al" Yankovic voice guest characters. While there's some mild excitement and fear during rescues, the rescues themselves are preschool-appropriate. There are no actually scary rescues with fires or injuries. With no objectionable content, this show is suitable for most young kids.
Is It Any Good?
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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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.