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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series intends to entertain rather than to educate.
The personality differences between Sam and Guy are played for humor, but the two come to bridge the gap in small ways as the story evolves. Villains are mostly easily defined, although what comes to be seen of Sam's actions blurs the lines between right and wrong a bit. The series does well to reflect hallmarks of the book on which it's based while taking imaginative twists and turns.
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Sam's optimism endears him to many around him, while Guy's pessimism generally has the opposite effect. Villains are willing to break rules to get what they want, but they're not dangerous or even terribly scary.
No cursing, but some slang that hints at it, such as the exclamation "shut the front door."
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The series is inspired by the Dr. Seuss book of the same name.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Green Eggs and Ham is an animated series loosely inspired by the Dr. Seuss book of the same name. It takes the main characters -- Sam I Am and the unnamed object of his incessant culinary promotion, here called Guy Am I -- and creates an elaborate story in which they meet, wind up traveling together, evade would-be animal abductors, and encounter an adventure-seeking girl and her overprotective mother. The show is visually appealing and rich in creative Dr. Seuss references, capped by the talented Keegan-Michael Key's rhythmic rhymed narration. With mostly clear distinctions between good and bad and a sense of humor that spans the age gap, this series is a solid pick for kids and parents to enjoy together.
Is It Any Good?
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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