Common Sense Media says

High-energy music and dancing for young viewers.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Diversity within cast members and audience members is celebrated.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Curtis Cregan, Karla Mosley, Kimee Balmilero
Network:Discovery Kids
Genre:Kids Musical TV
Topics:Arts and dance, Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD

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Adult Written bymrsbee April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Our favorite children's program

Hi-5 has been a favorite in our house for over two years. The energetic cast and catchy toons are a big part of it's appeal. My children and I have gotten to know and love Curtis, Kimee, Jenn, Karla and Shaun through the show, dvds, cd and several concert appearances. I would recommend Hi-5 to anyone with kids!
Parent of a 5 year old Written byheathermommie April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

My 4 year old loves this program and the songs are catchy!

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 very good. However you need to find the episodes from teh late '90s and early 2000s with Nathan, Kelly, Charli, Tim and Kathleen because the show has gone all sell-out since about 2007 or something. I've found that this was more popular with girls I know than the Wiggles were - but those are all gender stereotypes, I guess.
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