Franklin and Friends

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Friendly animal pals have positive social messages for kids.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 6 reviews

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Educational Value

The characters' experiences offer opportunities to learn about their surroundings and about how to become better citizens. Positive messages throughout the stories are sure to stick with kids who tune in.

Positive Messages

Each story illustrates a theme that's relevant to preschoolers' daily lives, including responsibility, communication, keeping promises, working as a team, being part of a family, and solving problems. The characters are a diverse bunch of animals, each of whom brings unique qualities to the group.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Franklin and his friends aren't without their faults, and sometimes problems arise in their social interactions that cause them to seek out an adult for guidance. They always acknowledge their mistakes and correct their behavior, though. Grown-ups are models of kindness and patience.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Franklin and Friends has strong positive messages about friendship, family relationships, problem-solving, and citizenship. The diverse cast of animals will be familiar to anyone who's seen the show's predecessor, Franklin, or met the characters in the books that inspired the shows. Although Franklin and his pals are slightly more grown-up in this incarnation, they're still open to learning new things, discovering the world around them, and expressing themselves in creative ways, all of which set admirable examples for kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRgreenwald December 10, 2020

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!
Adult Written byErn3st.G4D October 3, 2020

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 revie... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous February 18, 2012

This isn't the Franklin that I love!

This is just a terrible CGI animated TV series based on Franklin. Now, the original Franklin is MUCH better. So don't waste your brain cells on this rip-of... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byChilled_1C3 October 7, 2020

It’s a bad reboot.

It's a reboot, NOT a second T.V. show based on the books!

What's the story?

FRANKLIN AND FRIENDS is the second TV show based on the friendly woodland characters from the popular children's books by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark. This series follows a more grown-up and confident Franklin (voiced by Graeme Jokic) and his neighborhood friends as they experience the ups and downs of life through their daily adventures at school and at play. Familiar faces like Snail, Rabbit, Beaver, and Bear return with Franklin, as does his family, plus a new character named Aunt T, who teaches Franklin about expressing himself.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship in Franklin and Friends. How do Franklin and his friends show that they value their friends? How do they cope with troubles that arise between them? What qualities are important to you in your friends? 

  • Kids: How do the characters set good examples when they solve problems? How do they use teamwork to come up with a solution? What do they do when they disagree?

  • Who are some of your favorite characters from books? Are they also on TV? How does meeting a character in a book rather than on TV inspire your imagination about him or her?

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

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