Parents' Guide to

Hank Zipzer

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Books-inspired show celebrates overcoming challenges.

TV Online Comedy 2014
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Henry Winkler's beloved literary hero comes to life in this exceptional series that presents the frustrating reality of learning challenges in a relatable context for kids. This achieves two things: It gives voice to those who experience challenges of their own, and it raises awareness of these kinds of issues for those who aren't affected. In less prominent ways, the stories also reflect how Hank's situation has a ripple effect on those around him, including his friends who stick up for him, his parents who are frequent fliers to the headmaster's office, and his little sister, Emily (Madeline Holliday), who tries to distance herself from the trouble he finds himself in at school.

There are so many positive themes in this series it's almost hard to count. First and foremost, there's Hank's determination not to let his challenges define him or hold him back, but to find new ways to learn and achieve that favor his strengths instead of dwelling on his weaknesses. Also well illustrated is the value of surrounding yourself with and being inspired by people who build you up rather than tear you down. From another vantage point, viewers are encouraged to consider others' unique experiences before judging them. Hank Zipzer is a delight to watch and can spark meaningful discussions with kids about respecting differences and overcoming challenges.

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