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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids will learn lessons relating to social skills like compromise, teamwork, and cooperation.
The show tackles weighty themes in a metaphorical way -- including the give-and-take relationships that exist between cultures and how the actions of one culture can affect another. Storylines promote themes of compassion, friendship, cooperation, understanding, and, most importantly, fun.
Positive Role Models
Nobody's perfect -- not even the Fraggles. But when Gobo and his friends make poor choices, they ultimately realize the error of their ways and work to change their negative behavior. The Gorgs, however, are a notable exception: They typically act selfishly and without remorse.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild cartoonish violence, ranging from Fraggles bopping Doozers on their heads to make music to Gorgs chasing Fraggles to try and smash them with blunt objects. The Gorgs are the most violent characters and sometimes carry swords, axes, and clubs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that mild cartoonish violence -- some of which doesn't seem to have immediate, negative consequences -- is the only thing that makes Jim Henson's classic 1980s kids' series Fraggle Rock iffy for the youngest viewers, who might get the idea that it's OK to bop someone else on the head to make music, for example. Everything else about it pushes it well into the positive zone. The show also tackles big themes like inclusion, sustainability, and, to some extent, spirituality, but does so in a metaphorical way that subtly helps viewers see the ways in which the actions of one culture can affect another. Another plus? Parents who used to watch this show when they were young can have fun seeing their own children enjoy it.
Is It Any Good?
It's cliche to say they don't make 'em like they used to, but in the case of this series (made possible by the success of The Muppet Show and Sesame Street, the kids' classic that started it all), it's true. And now that the series is available on DVD, it's something the whole family can enjoy for generations to come.
Adults who watched this classic show as children probably didn't notice the show's many messages. Fraggle Rock attempts to explore the interconnectedness between species and express how the actions of one group can have consequences -- both positive and negative -- for the rest of the world. More likely, they remember the show's catchy theme song and how fun it was to watch the Fraggles interact with those around them, including the industrious Doozers, who busied themselves building towering -- and apparently tasty -- structures, only to have the Fraggles tear them down come snack time.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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.