A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teamwork makes the dream work. Families come in all shapes and sizes. Home is where the heart is. There's so much to learn through travel and adventure.
Positive Role Models
Lamb and Anne the Alligator show how travel allows us to learn about the world. They work together and encourage each other in times of need. Celebrity guests not only perform but relay lessons about creativity, family, and critical thinking.
Celebrity guests (e.g., Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Brandi Carlile, and Sheryl Crow) range in age, ethnicity, and musical style. Anne the Alligator is voiced by a Black woman, Nicole Byer, and her character is sensitive. The history and culture of some neighborhoods are presented, like Chinatown in NYC.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jam Van is a YouTube Original that showcases major American cities and teaches important life lessons. Combining live action with a mixture of boldly colorful animation styles, the show follows best friends Lamb (voiced by Pete Lee) and Anne the Alligator (voiced by Nicole Byer) as they jam across the country, exploring the U.S. and solving problems with the help of celebrities like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brandi Carlile, and Daveed Diggs. The show has positive messages around teamwork, different kinds of families, and what you can learn through travel and adventure.
Is It Any Good?
Upbeat and colorful, this YouTube Original is sure to hook viewers of all ages. Jam Van is educational but equally fun, and the roughly 10-minute episodes make for engaging screen time for little ones that parents won't feel guilty about. Parents will also appreciate the life lessons, like "Families come in all shapes and sizes" and "Teamwork makes the dream work," that accompany the exploration of American cities. With wide-ranging celebrities like Lin-Manuel Miranda and Brandi Carlisle, there's music for the whole family to enjoy.
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