Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks

TV review by
Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
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Charming animals teach life lessons; kids OK.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Teaches real-life lessons that kids can learn and apply.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a wonderful series for helping your children learn some basic life lessons. The situations are played out in several ways -- in the present, in flashback, and in live-action segments with both adults and children. The repetition of the lesson makes it easy for children to grasp, and the animal characters are sweet and charming, making the learning enjoyable.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 year old Written bye_mansmom December 19, 2008

Just Great!

Heart warming. Cute kids hijinx - my husband and I love this show ourselves.
Parent of a 3 and 5 year old Written bykeillor April 6, 2010
One of the best kids shows ever produced. Up there with Mr. Rogers and classic Sesame Streets. Plus, Jakers features the voices of Mel Brooks and Harry Shearer.... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written byGMWlife December 16, 2017

Confusing.

I really like the accents, but the plot is hectic. I can’t keep up with it.

What's the story?

JAKERS! THE ADVENTURES OF PIGGLEY WINKS! is aimed at helping kids learn to cope with situations they're likely to encounter in their own lives. Grandfather Piggley Winks tells stories about his childhood to his grandchildren to help them resolve problems. The stories, told in flashback, take place in Ireland, where three friends -- the young Piggley, Ferny the bull, and Dannan the duck –- play and learn in the lovely countryside, wearing beautiful sweaters.

Is it any good?

The animation is lovely, the characters are amusing and cute, and the lessons are so gently presented that it really is a pleasure to learn them. For example, one story focuses on Ferny's crush on a pig named Milly. After trying his friends' suggestions on how to get her attention, he finally trusts his own feelings and instincts and asks her to join his family and friends for a swim. Back in the present, the lesson helps Piggley's grandson stand up for his own feelings.

An excellent feature of the show is the live-action segments at the end of each story. A group of children talk about their own experiences and feelings, reflecting on what the episode has been about. It's a great way to reinforce the show's message and make it more concrete for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different stories Jakers tells. What are some favorite stories your kids have heard from older family members? Families can also talk about the lessons learned in each episode. How might your kids apply what they learned?

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