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By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Responsible TV; great for preschoolers.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 7+


age 4+

One of the all time great shows for young kids

Franklin is just great (the books as well!). Sweet but never cloying, adventure filled enough enough that we’re still watching (sometimes!) at age seven, lovable enduring characters. Truly a classic.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19):
Kids say (21):

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.

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