A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Inspired by Ron's origins on St. Helena's Island, the show highlights elements of Gullah culture. For example, to celebrate Ron's birthday, some of the kids get clay from a river to make pottery for gifts. On Gullah Gullah Island Day, the heritage of the island is celebrated.
Work together to reach a goal. Be creative to solve problems. Everybody makes mistakes. Celebrate differences.
Positive Role Models
Parents Ron and Natalie are kind, patient, and supportive with their children. The kids work together, show creativity, and exhibit good manners.
The show centers around a Black family, led by Ron and Natalie. Other characters on the show are Asian, Latino, and reflective of other ethnicities.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gullah Gullah Island is a musical children's show that highlights the Gullah culture found on the islands off the coast of South Carolina. A staple on the 1990s Nick Jr. lineup, the show features a Black family – Ron, Natalie, their children James, Vanessa, and Simeon, and their pet polliwog named Binyah Binyah. Together with their friends and neighbors, they sing, dance, and learn about life on this special island. Singer and songwriter Ron Daise, who plays the father, is originally from St. Helena Island, which is home to Gullah people. He has actively worked to preserve Gullah culture.
Is It Any Good?
The generation that grew up watching this beloved show will be delighted that their children can grow up on it too. Gullah Gullah Island is a feel-good family show that's exposes young viewers to a culture and community most people know little about, but it has all the singing, dancing, and kinda-corny acting that little kids love in their favorite shows. It's a great starting point for conversations about diversity and further reading about Gullah/Geechee culture. For the latter, you don't have to look too far – a quick internet search for star Ron Daise will lead you to his treasure trove of Gullah culture preservation.
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