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Parents' Guide to

Green Eggs and Ham

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Charming book-inspired series has cross-generational appeal.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+
Really good show worth a watch but would say Atleast 7 and up it has some words kids might not understand and kids might also find it a bit boring but that's my opinion.
age 8+

Mild Language

My kids wound up using some language like "idiot" and "imbecile" that they learned from the show. Additionally, there is some significant arguing and yelling which strikes me as a negative exposure for younger kids in particular. If kids are sensitive to authority figures yelling, it could be triggering. Better for older kids I think.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (9 ):

This beautifully animated book-inspired series is hampered a bit by a meandering and cumbersome plot but still manages to keep viewers' attention with references to various elements of Dr. Seuss's full compendium of works. Obviously green eggs and ham feature prominently in the story, in this case as a tangible indicator of the chasm between Sam's and Guy's polar perspectives on life. Sam makes repeated attempts throughout the series to encourage Guy to try the unusual dish, but stalwart Guy refuses, telling Sam, "I do not like them." As the story evolves, we also recognize nods to One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and Oh, the Places You'll Go!, among other famous Dr. Seuss works, and the intermittent narration by Keegan-Michael Key ties it all together with the author's familiar rhyming cadence.

Green Eggs and Ham stumbles at the start on its own eagerness to hook viewers, overwhelming them with introductions of numerous main and supporting characters who are only loosely connected to each other at first. As the story plays out and their acquaintances are more solidly defined, the big picture becomes clearer and easier to settle into. The show makes excellent use of cliffhanger endings to lure you back for the following episodes, a somewhat novel feature in kids cartoons that's notably fun in this case.

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