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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.