Parents' Guide to

Hey Duggee

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Charming characters' adventures celebrate active learning.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 2+

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models
age 2+

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. There's a gay couple, one of the children is clearly adopted, and it features positive messages about behaviour and morals. Only two issues I've found personally are an episode involving a totem pole (cultural appropriation) and they eat animal products (we're vegan, appreciate not everyone will be bothered by this).

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (9 ):

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.

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