A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Preschooler-friendly lessons about kindness, empathy, and friendship.
Each episode focuses on a concrete way kids can be kind to people in their lives. The show also helps kids name their emotions and takes their emotions seriously.
Positive Role Models
Everyone in the show, including both kids and adults, are trying to help each other. Strong emphasis on kindness, empathy, and friendship, as well as talking about emotions.
Main recurring characters from various racial backgrounds. Girls and boys equally talk about their emotions. There are some guest appearances from characters who are neurodivergent or disabled.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hello, Jack!: The Kindness Show is a preschool TV show starring Jack McBrayer and featuring music from OK Go. There's no iffy content, making it great for the youngest viewers. The show teaches lessons about emotions, friendship, and kindness, and gives kids concrete examples of ways to show kindness in their own lives.
Is It Any Good?
It's tempting compare this show to Mister Rogers Neighborhood, but while Jack McBrayer is an adorable national treasure, he doesn't have the kid connection that came so naturally to Fred Rogers (yet). Hello Jack! is a mashup between Mister Rogers, Sesame Street, and The Fresh Beat Band, with a focus on kindness and other social-emotional learning. Kids will love the friendly Jack, precious Olivia, sweet-singing Bebe, and the rest of the residents of Clover Grove. The music (by band OK Go) is fun, and the colorful world is super visually appealing. The show may feel a bit slow and repetitive to adults, but this allows the main social-emotional message to be repeated for maximum kid comprehension. Each episode gives kids a concrete example of a way they can show kindness to someone, so grown-ups shouldn't be surprised if they get roped into their kids' kindness missions after they watch the episode. Maybe that's not such a bad thing; couldn't we all use a little more kindness in our lives?
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.