Fraggle Rock



Classic kids' series offers both big themes and big fun.
Parents recommend

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids will learn lessons relating to social skills like compromise, teamwork, and cooperation.

Positive messages

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 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.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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 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.

What's the story?

While his Uncle Traveling Matt (voiced by Dave Goelz) is out exploring "Outer Space" (aka the human world), young Gobo (Jerry Nelson) stays home in FRAGGLE ROCK, a carefree land that exists just beyond the wall of an old workshop occupied by a retired human inventor named Doc (Gerard Parkes) and his loyal dog, Sprocket. Every time Gobo ventures out into the workshop to collect his uncle's latest postcard, a frantic Sprocket tries to alert an obvlivious Doc of his presence ... meanwhile, every time Gobo exits from the opposite side of Fraggle Rock into a world inhabited by Gorgs and an all-knowing Trash Heap (also voiced by Nelson), he has to contend with the bumbling Junior (Richard Hunt), who spends his time plotting new ways to capture Gobo and his fun-loving friends.

Is it any good?


Adults who watched Fraggle Rock as children probably didn't notice the show's 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.

It's cliche to say they don't make 'em like they used to, but in the case of Fraggle Rock (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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the incidents of cartoonish violence they see on this show, which originally aired in the 1980s. How do those incidents compare to today's shows? Are TV characters more or less violent than they used to be? How so?

  • Do the puppetry and special effects seem dated now, or do they still hold up? Parents: Is Fraggle Rock as good as you remember? Kids: What do you think of it?

  • What messages does the show send about human behavior? Why is that Gorgs, Fraggles, and Doozers are all too aware of one another's existence, but most humans don't seem to notice a Fraggle in their midst?

TV details

Cast:Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Jim Henson
Networks:Hulu, Discovery Family Channel
Genre:Kids Musical TV
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Friendship, Music and sing-along, Puppets
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 4 year old Written byBaroque January 27, 2011

Nostalgia meets inappropriate kids language

I started watching it not remembering the inappropriate terms they use words that this review will not even allow me to type! Nothing that needs to be bleeped but expressioms my son cannot use. We love the muppets and the coexistance but some episodes are accidentally deleted.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written bycooldude1234 November 28, 2010

great for and age

When I was little I was scared of the gorgs but there is nothing even slightly wrong with this show. Sometimes common sense ticks me off because they baby kids to much. I mean 6 and up, by that time some kids might not even like the show anymore. So any kid can watch this show and don't listen to common sense because they should just be called media
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byDominicboo1 May 27, 2011

Best Kid Show Ever!

Every episodes of Jim Henson's Amazing TV show has some lesson with lovable characters. Depending on which episode you watch it may be a little scary. For example children won't be scared in The Secret Society of Poohbahs, but the Terrible Tunnel may scare them a little. Good messages like genorisity, being a good friend but taking care of yourself too.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence


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