Hero Elementary

TV review by Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Helpful friends use skills and science to solve problems.

Parents say

age 3+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 4+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 4+
I really dislike that they made AJ. The black hero have autism. I noticed they had him last on the intro in the theme song and let that go, then I seen the episode where they was talking about him having autism. Why does the black hero have to have autism? things that are subliminal messages. I can’t even watch the show with my daughter without thinking about this
age 5+

Really good!

When I first heard of it, I thought it was going to be just OK--safe, because it's PBS, but without the educational value I've come to expect from their other shows. So kinda like the "veggie straws" of kids' shows--basically junk food, but junk food you don't have to feel TOO bad about. So I was pleasantly surprised at how good the show really is. It really does have a pretty decent focus on foundational scientific concepts like observation, comparison, the scientific method, etc., and how they can be applied in everyday life. Secondly, I really appreciate the diversity and representation of the main characters. Disability representation? Check: AJ Gadgets is autistic, Lucita Sky (who flies) has vertigo when she looks down. Body diversity representation? Check: Benny Bubbles is fat, Sara Snap is very short. Not to mention racial and gender diversity, which the show also has a very good handle on. The characters are all very positive and empathetic, and not only that, but they demonstrate resilience--every episode features at least a few attempts at trying-and-failing, getting frustrated, then getting OVER their frustration and trying again. My kids also really like the live-action end-caps featuring real kids using a different "super power of science." (I also appreciate them so I can be at the ready to turn off the episode afterwards instead of accidentally letting them go into another episode.)

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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