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Parents' Guide to

Franklin and Friends

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Friendly animal pals have positive social messages for kids.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 6+

It's just okay

Expert review does NOT deserve a 5 star rating. This is because this show is definitely nowhere near as good as the original 1997 TV show!
age 12+

Why did they think this reboot was a good idea!?

Seriously, How could common sense expert review give this 5 stars? This reboot was a bad idea. It is bad compared to the original show and books. Expert review does NOT Deserve a 5 star rating!.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Preschoolers have long enjoyed the endearing characters and delightful stories of Franklin, and this vibrant CGI series just enhances what was already so well done in the original show. In fact, the characters' personalities need no embellishment at all , and kids who already know them from the books or TV show will find the transition to Franklin and Friends a natural one.

While Franklin and his pals are older and wiser now, they still hit bumps in the road and have to solve the problems they encounter. This is great news for their young fans, who get to see how they work through squabbles with one other and troubles that pop up along the way. Even better, the young characters have a ready pool of grown-ups available to offer guidance when it's needed to make responsible decisions that illustrate their commitment to friendship, community, social skills, and good citizenship.

TV Details

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