A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Cory's experiences hold important lessons for preschoolers about skills like taking turns, making new friends, overcoming fears, and being responsible. As he encounters others in his community, he also emphasizes the diverse and valuable work they do, from teaching school to cleaning up the streets.
Preschoolers will relate to many aspects of Cory's personality. At different times, he demonstrates curiosity, cautiousness, excitability, impulsivity, and eagerness to learn. He tries hard to be the best young car he can be, but also makes mistakes that force him to take responsibility for what he's done. The series celebrates diversity in the many different types of vehicles it includes among the town's residents, and it ensures that female characters are represented adequately and in some traditionally male-dominated professions like firefighting. Strong themes of friendship, healthy emotional regulation, and civic involvement.
Positive Role Models
That Cory is such a good role model for kids is not surprising given the kind and caring adults who surround him. They set excellent examples of patience and responsibility, gently guiding without directing and helping him make good choices.
Violence & Scariness
No violence, but some stories show moderately perilous situations, such as a fire in a tall building and a vehicle that needs rescuing.
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Products & Purchases
Cory Carson is a VTech brand with toys and playsets featuring characters from the series.
Parents Need to Know
Go! Go! Cory Carson is an animated Netflix series starring a line of toy cars and other vehicles from VTech. Despite the commercial tie-in, there's no mention of the VTech brand beyond a glimpse of the logo at the start of the show. The characters' experiences encourage emotional awareness in preschool-age viewers and underscore the many important jobs that help communities stay safe, healthy, and running smoothly. Cory is an excellent role model for kids, being a believable blend of energy, enthusiasm, and occasional wariness in unfamiliar situations, and he always shows that he is willing to learn important lessons. Expect lots of teaching moments by way of Cory's experiences and emotional honesty, all of which promises quality content for young kids.
Is It Any Good?
Sweetness abounds in this darling series that packages all kinds of preschool-appropriate feelings and conundrums into the heroic main character. Cory's best intentions sometimes get the better of him and land him in some uncomfortable and unfamiliar predicaments (maybe this sounds familiar?), but as viewers will see, he's not one to back down from them. Instead he makes the best of every situation, learns valuable lessons, and tries to do better the next time around. All the while he's supported by his loving parents and the other caring adults in his life.
Cory's individual example aside, Go! Go! Cory Carson has much to teach youngsters about the structure and purpose of a community as a whole. Bumperton Hills is a place that works like a well-oiled machine because of the residents in it, each of whom has a specific role to fill. There are teachers, firefighters, police officers, sanitation workers, and babysitters, and as Cory comes into contact with each one, viewers learn along with him how vital those respective contributions are to the greater community. Even better, the show makes a concerted effort to represent both female and male characters in a variety of occupations and to emphasize the inherent value of every job that is done.
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