George Shrinks

 
A tiny boy has some awfully big adventures.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Friends and family are important to George; respect and dignity are common themes.

Violence & scariness
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's no violence in this show, the food is organically grown in the garden, and the children mind their parents. Parents may find the "perfect" lifestyle of the central family a teensy bit annoying, but young children will feel safe and at ease visiting this fictional world. Characters don't squabble or act defiantly. Good behavior is pretty much the norm.

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What's the story?

GEORGE SHRINKS is an animated rendition of William Joyce's children's story. As George grows from the page, viewers follow this Tom Thumb who sees the world from his tiny perspective. Luckily, George's father, Mr. Shrinks, is a composer/caregiver/breadwinner and, most important, an inventor. He equips George with a variety of cool gadgets that give him an advantage in his world.

Is it any good?

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George's mom is a stay-at-home figure who would put Martha Stewart to shame. She seems to be forever making organic pumpkin spice muffins and taking the garden aphids to task with her fleet of organic gardening tools. And George's baby brother, Jr., simply idolizes George. Needless to say, the Shrinks live a very politically correct lifestyle that insulates their two children from the world.

George and his friend Becky are often found solving problems in the garden or in the town square. Generally George makes use of his gadgets and vehicles to find the source of the conundrum -- by and large his adventures aren't too far out.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different elements in the characters' household. Do your kids know what organic foods are? Are they interested in gardening? What are some things around your house that might help George maneuver around or get out of trouble?

TV details

Cast:Kathleen Laskey, Paul O'Sullivan, Tracey Moore
Network:PBS
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Book characters
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 13 years old Written by_tever123 April 10, 2012
age 3+
 

I was SOOOO disapointed when I got to first grade and had a longer school day and never saw the show again.

I think I started watching this when I was about three, maybe two and a half and I remember racing home from kindergarten and turning on the tv while my mom made lunch for me and I would watch this every afternoon, my faveorite show once I out grew teletubbies and then dragon tales (actully I had school when dragon tales was on :() I was SOOOO disapointed when I got to first grade and had a longer school day.
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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

Poor sparkle!

They make my fave carector, the cat Sparkle, look evil. It is because in that one with the mouse in it, the boy and the rat are being attacked by the cat and the baby scares the cat and the cat runs away and the have a party for the baby and say the baby saved the world and the cat was never seen again. Crul baby!
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

I love this show!

George Shrinks is a good episode. I seen it every day after school.

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