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 Street Kids is an animated series inspired by characters from Harvey Comics. The three main characters -- BFFs named Audrey (voiced by Stephanie Lemelin), Dot (Kelly McCreary), and Lotta (Lauren Lapkus) -- have very different personalities but share a passion for justice. They team up to defend the victims of neighborhood kids' meanness. Most of the strife is typical kid stuff like leaving someone out of a game or teasing a kid because he's short. There's also a fair amount of potty humor (boogers, spitballs, etc.) and other playground talk ("jerks," "let's right the snot out of this wrong," "butt sandwich," etc.) to consider if your kids tend to repeat what they hear on TV. This isn't a show with deep learning takeaways, but it's fun in a playful, adult-free childhood experience way.
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What's the story?
In HARVEY STREET KIDS, best friends Audrey (voiced by Stephanie Lemelin), Lotta (Lauren Lapkus), and Dot (Kelly McCreary) seize every opportunity to enjoy themselves during the long days of summer, and to battle injustice when and where it arises. Theirs is a neighborhood with infinite possibilities for fun, from playground games to tree house wars to daily visits from a stocked ice cream truck. But even adventures galore can't keep trouble from popping up among the street's kids, and that's when Audrey, Lotta, and Dot jump into action to set things right for the neighborhood.
Is it any good?
All of the joy, imagination, and excitement of childhood summers are tightly packed into these young characters. Long summer days with minimal adult oversight mean all kinds of crazy antics, perpetuated by the neighborhood gang and countered by Lotta, Dot, and Audrey. It's an environment where goals involve staying up past midnight and getting the best of a trade with another kid. And in typical kid fashion, even the fiercest of disagreements can be forgotten over an ice cream treat.
Harvey Street Kids is an over-the-top representation of childhood adventures and relationships, but that's what makes it fun. Similarly, the girls' personalities -- impulsive, driven Audrey; perfectionist Dot; and kindhearted Lotta -- are exaggerated, but there's a lot that's positive about their dedication to keeping things fair for everyone on their street. While there's no huge attempt made to teach important lessons here, and the rougher playground behavior and dialogue might wear thin after a while, the show captures the joy of childhood and entertains in silly ways kids are sure to like.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how exaggeration affects the comedy in shows like Harvey Street Kids. Are things funnier when they are taken to extremes?
What accounts for Audrey, Lotta, and Dot's strong friendship? How do your friends' personalities complement yours? Is it important to share likes and dislikes with friends?
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