A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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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