TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Responsible TV; great for preschoolers.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 22 reviews

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Educational Value

Great pro-social messages about respecting others, solving problems, asking for help.

Positive Messages

Even though they may disagree, Franklin and his friends always respect each other. The show teaches communication, tolerance, problem solving, making the most of mistakes, the value of kindness, and much more.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Franklin's relationship with his parents is gentle, loving and supportive. Mrs. and Mr. Turtle are there for Franklin when he needs their help, and give him space when he needs that. Franklin's friends, such as Bear, and Franklin himself, often make mistakes that hurt each other's feelings or cause misunderstandings. But adults are always available to give kindly guidance.

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Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Franklin is highly recommended for preschoolers and has no worrisome content. The characters are good role models, and the pace and situations are age-appropriate. It's a rare show that celebrates the innocence of childhood.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2-year-old Written bySheenaLongland November 15, 2010
I don't care for the show. Personally, I find that Little Bear is a rather selfish character. BUT, my son likes it, so I make sure to watch that stup... Continue reading
Parent of a 2-year-old Written byfaroffstar April 2, 2010


I understand that this is a children's show and kids will be kids, but honestly, Franklin almost always spends the majority of the episode causing or creat... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMusiclovergig August 20, 2020

Good one

I haven't thought about this show in years, but it's good.
Kid, 12 years old January 9, 2020

I HATE THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #2

Unlike Charlie and Lola, Horrid Henry, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and Shaun the Sheep, and like those stupid Teletubbies, Franklin is a stupid little turtle. I hate this... Continue reading

What's the story?

Based on a children's book by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark, FRANKLIN is about a turtle who is trying to figure out his place in the world. He lives in a village where he and his friends enjoy swimming in the pond, playing outdoors, and going to school. Yes! They enjoy school. For this and other refreshing reasons, parents will feel comfortable letting their preschoolers tune in. Franklin is an every-turtle who is learning his way in his world, and he knows he is growing up. Such self-awareness makes this turtle, who keeps his stuffed animal dog around even when he has outgrown it, very sympathetic indeed. Some educational content and gentle moral lessons add even more value to the series.

Is it any good?

This program gives a glimpse of tranquil living not so often found on the airwaves of American viewers. Franklin ultimately sets a good example of responsible TV programming.

This is a show that takes for granted respect for elders and vice versa. There's no whining, fighting, yelling, provocation, or aggravation. Plus, the characters actually enjoy school -- and for good reason, as teacher Owl sets a wonderful example of how learning can be engaging and fun. Each character has his or her own way of doing things, and all ways are respected. When he's stuck in a rut, Franklin's friends Bear and Beaver encourage him to try new things, like playing different games or beginning a collection. And even when he's challenged by new concepts, Franklin has the support of his family to help him grow.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about voicing opinions. Sometimes Franklin's parents and friends have opinions that differ from Franklin's. How can people voice their views without hurting one another? How can opinions be helpful? What does tolerance mean?

  • How do the characters on Franklin demonstrate communication? Why is this an important character strength?

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