TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
High-energy music and dancing for young viewers.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 2 reviews

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series offers engaging singing and dancing, yet the quality of the material is sometimes sacrificed for the quantity of material. Colorful sets and the enthusiastic cast will be enticing for young viewers, but parents might find the content anemic, if not trying. Real-life videos of kids playing and doing creative things are the highlight of this program. Well intentioned and generally inviting, but not truly educational.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byLisa Soames April 28, 2019

Hi5 Singapore - does NOT pay their hard working Australian workers

I have worked for hi 5 Australia for over 10 years who were amazing BUT since it was bought from Australia to HI5 in Singapore, run by jarad tremasia I have... Continue reading
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byPBSFanFromChile November 4, 2016

This is a greatest hit for all their kiddoes!!!

Of course, our favourite. This programme aired first on Nine Network Australia in late 1998. Since 2011 on Channel 11. Discovery has a Latin American station wh... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byStaceytheNerd September 28, 2014

I own over 10 of their specials on Video Cassette

Firstly - if you are looking for a truly educational show of a similar genre I'd reccomend OLD episodes of the Wiggles (with Greg). However, Hi-5 is also v... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008

Awesome and musical

It rox! I used to watch it. Still love it. Great show to get kids every age to get up and groove. Even my 17 year sister loves it!

What's the story?

Though they should get an A for effort, the cast of HI-5 can only do so much with the material they've been given. Kimmee (Kimee Balmilero), Karla (Karla Cheatham-Moseley), Shaun (Shaun Taylor-Corbett), Jenn (Jennifer Peterson-Hind), and Curtis (Curtis Cregan) burst into seemingly arbitrary songs about random things for which the writers have composed music.

Is it any good?

For example, one song has a cast member looking at the stars and singing a song about a "saucepan" and a "starfish" that she sees in the sky. Why not take it a tiny step further to name the constellation, rather than using words that are ultimately employed as rhymes in the song? Another sequence uses repetition to drive the point home: "We will find an adventure, an adventure, an adventure," sings a cast member. Then she proceeds to sing it twice more during the two-minute skit. How adventurous is that?

Though some songs are based on real things like recycling or counting or making shapes, other songs are nonsense. When a cast member says "I am pretending to be the keeper of the night sky..." the audience understands that he's pretending, and consequently the skit is successful. But when another skit suddenly begins with the words, "I just landed on planet Move-a-Lot" and a song is sung about it, it's not as clear what's being referred to or whether the cast member is pretending. Remember, the youngest viewers are just learning the difference between real and pretend. Hi-5's writers would benefit their audience by making these distinctions consistently.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the purpose of the show -- what's the ultimate goal here? Do your kids sing and dance along to the music? What is it about this group that's so enticing?

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