Common Sense Media says

Responsible TV; great for preschoolers.





What parents need to know

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 tolerance, problem solving, making the most of mistakes, the value of kindness, and much more.

Positive role models

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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this show 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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?


Franklin 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.

Thanks to our Canadian neighbors, who've created and produced this program, a glimpse of tranquil living not so often found on the airwaves has been handed to American viewers. Franklin ultimately sets a good example of responsible TV programming.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Kyle Fairlie, Leah Cudmore, Noah Reid
Network:Nick Jr.
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Book characters, Friendship, Wild animals
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent of a 2 and 6 year old Written bygris126 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Parent of a 3 and 5 year old Written bygypsywife April 27, 2011

Great for young kids

The shows are relevant to young children - being afraid of school, meeting a new friend, not being too bossy - it allows them to relate to the stories, we like to use Franklin to reinforce behaviours.
What other families should know
Great role models
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 creating issues and handling them the wrong way. Not enough time is spent focusing on the wrong behavior. Honestly, almost every episode Franklin does something obnoxious to his friends, who always forgive him. On top of that, does anyone else find Beaver to be one of the most obnoxious characters on television? Why do they hang out with her. Why do any of them hang out with Franklin for that matter. I can't stand this show.


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