TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Friendly monsters demonstrate critical thinking skills.

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The Logic of Help

Helpsters is funny, educational, and positive. It depicts a group of friends and co-workers who operate a "help shop" where people from their fictional neighborhood (in NYC more or less) stop in to ask for help with a "problem." The problems presented are clever, and they include several ways for the Helpsters to help "monstermind" the problem and find a solution. This is a powerful way to explain an approach to problem solving that distinguishes Helpsters as a high quality show. The one issue that I have with Helpsters is that problems are solved exclusively through the application of coding logic. This is for obvious reasons--Apple I believe produces the show, and the pedagogies of coding abound in our culture (one of the characters is called Cody!). While coding, and the logic that informs it, can very often provide a language, process, and skills for solving problems, it is not the only way to understand problem solving. My hope for the show, as we continue to watch it with our 2.5 year old (who declares herself to be a helpster), is that the episode narratives might also include instances when the friends transcend the singular logic of coding to explore and explain to children other methods for problem solving. For example, the helpsters may be confronted with a challenge that requires other forms of collaboration and communication, or may find that employing coding strategies such as "looping" do not provide the resolution they seek. Regardless, this show is wonderful in its ability to provoke critical thinking, problem solving, and joyous community. I hope they continue to produce new episodes for many years to come.

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Educational value
Great messages
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