A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Models positive behavior with easy-to-understand life lessons.
Each episode focuses on a different message like understanding others' perspectives, respecting boundaries, and the importance of teamwork.
Positive Role Models
Characters are kindhearted and try to help one another. They often make mistakes, but they are quick to admit it and explain the lesson they learned. They name their emotions and communicate how they're feeling.
Boy and girl behaviors aren't gender-stereotypical (and in the case of outspoken Red and sensitive Gobo, are counter-stereotypical). Most characters are Muppets, but the one human character is a woman who is a Black marine biologist.
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Violence & Scariness
No violence but some slapstick injuries and adventure scenes where characters are momentarily in peril. Cute and mostly friendly monster characters (the Gorgs talk a big game but are so incompetent they don't ever hurt a Fraggle). Scenes with mild fear, excitement, and sadness.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock is a faithful reboot of the 80's Muppet classic. As in the original, there's lots of silliness, great tunes, and positive messages. While there's no iffy content, scenes with mild fear, excitement, and sadness make Back to the Rock too intense for most preschool-age viewers. Expect to see slapstick injuries and adventure scenes in which characters are momentarily in peril. There are cute, mostly friendly monster characters (the giant Gorgs talk a big game but are so incompetent that they don't ever actually hurt a Fraggle). With themes of teamwork, understanding others, and more, this is one that kids and their nostalgic grown-ups can enjoy together.
Is It Any Good?
It's nearly impossible to hear the Fraggle Rock theme and not be filled with joy, and this reboot lives up to the warm fuzzy feelings that nostalgic grown-ups feel towards the show. Kids will love getting to know these zany Muppets and watching as they figure out how to get out of trouble. Grown-ups will love that each episode has a positive lesson framed in a way that kids can easily understand. Viewers of any age will appreciate the whimsical Henson Muppets, vibrant sets, and toe-tapping tunes. Save those worries for another day, and spend some more time with this classic show.
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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.