Hey Duggee

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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 Parents recommend
Charming characters' adventures celebrate active learning.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 9 reviews

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Educational Value

Basic prereading skills like counting and color recognition incorporated in the stories, but it's not the primary focus.

 

Positive Messages

There's fun in learning new things and solving problems. The Squirrels face each situation with enthusiasm and curiosity, which facilitates the learning.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Duggee's kind nature creates an inviting environment for his young charges. He finds creative ways to lead them through scout activities and help them earn a new badge every day. The kids' adventures encourage communication, teamwork, and friendship.

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hey Duggee is a British preschool series that shows five youngsters having all kinds of learning adventures under the guidance of their scout leader. The content isn't overtly instructive, but kids see how taking on challenges like helping a friend get rid of the hiccups or playing games outdoors can teach patience, perseverance, and critical thinking. Another standout message concerns the nurturing relationship between a child and a mentor or teacher, which can help start conversations with your youngsters about separation anxiety or starting school. Unique, angular animation creates surprising images in this pleasant series that's great watch-together fare for parents and preschoolers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysamstoker February 21, 2021

Diverse and charming

Initially I hated the character of Duggee solely because his voice is annoying, but watching it further if you can get past that, it's actually fantastic.... Continue reading
Adult Written byEturner1992 November 19, 2020

Positive colurful

My 5 month old loves the colours positive roll models catchy songs
Teen, 14 years old Written byTHX February 16, 2021
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat January 21, 2021

What in the world is this supposed to be???

This show is confusing and amp; hard to follow. There is an angry bull who is an angry bull... who is really really ANGRY... Her daughter wasn’t interested so H... Continue reading

What's the story?

In HEY DUGGEE, five animal kids spend their days learning new things with their jovial Squirrel Club leader, Duggee (voiced by Sander Jones). Each morning, Betty (Jasmine Bartholomew), Happy (Duke Davis), Norrie (Poppie Boyes), Roly (Leo Templer), and Tag (Alfie Sanderson) arrive at Duggee's door eager to discover what he has planned for them. Faced with unknowns, the friends work together to solve a problem or complete a task, at which time Duggee awards them a new Squirrel badge for their efforts. The show is narrated by Alexander Armstrong.

Is it any good?

This charming preschool series shows kids doing what they do best -- learning life skills through play and simple problem-solving tactics. Whether it's caring for an infant puppy or staying the course in a lengthy game of hide-and-seek, Duggee's Squirrels are eager to take on the tasks and see where they take them. With their leader's gentle guidance, they revel in their adventures and celebrate the badges that are their rewards.

Hey Duggee's delightful characters are what make the show, but there's also much appeal in the unique animation that plays with shapes in unexpected ways. Some characters' images are predictable (a round octopus and spider, for instance), but others are less so, including triangular frogs and rectangular birds. It's also surprising that while most of the other characters talk, Duggee doesn't (he speaks in "woofs"), but kids will have no trouble interpreting his body language and other visual clues to grasp the meaning.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about solving problems. How do the characters in Hey Duggee solve problems? Kids: When you're presented with a challenge, how do respond? Do you like to jump right in, or are you more calculated in your plans? In what ways does working as a team lighten the load?

  • How well do your kids adapt to new situations? Is separation anxiety a concern for you (or them)? How do you ease the transition to a new place for your little ones? What makes them feel more comfortable when that happens?

  • Kids: How do the Hey Duggee characters stack up against your other TV favorites? What kinds TV shows do you most like? What screen-time rules exist in your home?

  • How do the characters in Hey Duggee demonstrate teamwork? Why is this an important character strength?

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