Harvey Beaks

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Kindly bird's smart choices outshine characters' mischief.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive Messages

Kids see Harvey face pressure from friends to do things he knows aren't right, and sometimes his choices cause trouble for himself and those around him. He takes responsibility for his actions, though, and tries to make things right when needed. Some characters turn to violence to solve problems and deal with adversity. Some bathroom humor. Strong theme of friendship. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Harvey struggles against the influence of his mischievous friends, Fee and Foo, who enjoy breaking rules and causing havoc. Although Fee and Foo never seem to learn lessons from their behavior, Harvey usually sees the error of his ways when he goes astray.  

Violence & Scariness

Hitting (with hands and objects such as sticks) and long falls, but no lasting injury. 

Sexy Stuff
Language

Name-calling such as "brat," "jerk," "stupid," "moron," "barfcake," and "idiot." Also "shut up."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Harvey Beaks is the story of a mild-mannered young bird who wants to do right but is constantly influenced to do wrong by his troublesome best friends. Most of their scrapes are fairly innocuous (tricking a neighbor and fighting over the ownership of a lost-and-found item, for instance), but they do force the characters to decide between doing the fun thing and doing the right thing. Harvey typically learns a lesson from the experience -- even if his mischievous buddies don't -- and kids will recognize this. Expect some bathroom humor and put-downs such as "jerk," "idiot," and "moron" but also some feel-good instances of friendship and positive behavior choices within the characters' fun adventures. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by[email protected] March 26, 2015

the best new series ever

that this series should be enjoy by everyone and a little bathroom humor doesn't hurt., this is a great idea.,,.
Adult Written bySky370 August 2, 2015

Urm??

My siblings like to watch this show in the morning and as I watched it I noticed how some things on this show is kinda inappropriate for kids to be watching , l... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written by200tyrese March 29, 2015

Awesome

It shows that even though friends can be trouble they are also good too and I really like that logic
Teen, 15 years old Written bywizardortitan August 21, 2016

A great, wholesome change from the norm.

Unlike a lot of other recent cartoons, Harvey Beaks doesn't rely on being as weird as possible or crude humor to try to draw in an audience. It's simp... Continue reading

What's the story?

HARVEY BEAKS follows the adventures of a well-behaved bird named Harvey (voiced by Max Charles) and his mischievous best friends, Fee (Angelina Wahler) and Foo (Jackson Brundage). Every day brings new opportunities for fun in their forest home of Bigbark Woods, but fun takes on a new meaning at the hands of Fee and Foo, who never met trouble they didn't love. From trying to pull a fast one on a lake spirit to fighting with a gang of squirrels, these two will do anything to nurture Harvey's wild side, but good habits are hard for him to break. 

Is it any good?

Harvey is the kind of kid (er, bird) parents would want as a friend for their own youngsters. He's responsible, he's punctual, and he always sees the best in everyone and every situation. By contrast, Fee and Foo revel in pushing their luck, which gets them into trouble with many of their neighbors. Typically Harvey's kindhearted nature stands in contrast to their schemes, and he must decide whether he's OK with where their influence takes him. Although he doesn't always make the best choice in the first place, he usually manages to learn something worthwhile from the experience.

For a series that's centered on a relationship fraught with peer pressure and a good kid contemplating doing bad, Harvey Beaks is a surprisingly enjoyable show with a menagerie of quirky forest-dwelling characters. Fee and Foo have plenty of faults, but they're exceedingly fond of their kindly pal, and they'll go to any length to help him when it's necessary. If your kids are old enough to recognize the characters' bad behavior, then they'll pick up on the positive messages in Harvey's better choices and his inner struggle to strike a balance with mischief. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about peer pressure. Kids: Do you find it difficult to go against the flow when you're with your friends? How does it feel to be the odd one out? Why is it important to follow your conscience? 

  • What are the positive aspects of Harvey's friendship with Fee and Foo? Does he ever influence them in a good way? Which qualities are important to you in relationships with your friends?  

  • Is Harvey a good role model? Who are some of your favorite TV characters? Are they generally well-behaved? Should a fictional character's behavior matter in your decision to like him or her? 

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