Jessy & Nessy

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Curious friends reinforce important life skills.

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Educational Value

Life skills like curiosity, perseverance, and teamwork are reinforced. 

Positive Messages

Themes include friendship, curiosity and problem-solving, helping one another, and having fun while learning new things. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jessy is a little girl who is smart and curious. Nessy shares her sense of curiosity, and enjoys sharing experiences with Jessy. 

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Things get blown away, or can be loud or scary for a moment, but it's intended to shed light on where things go and what causes things to happen. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jessy & Nessy is a preschool series that encourages children to be curious, ask questions, work well with others, and problem-solve. Friendship is a major theme, and emotions like feeling down and being afraid are sometimes addressed, but in positive ways. It's colorful and lively, and the events that transpire are easy for young viewers to follow. 

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What's the story?

JESSY & NESSY is a preschool series about a curious little girl and her best friend, who happens to be an ancient sea creature. Jessy (Sophie Feldman) is able to look at the world differently from most people thanks to her "inspectacles," magical glasses that let her see things that others don't. When Jessy wears them, she can see her friend Nessy (Jamie Buchanan), a five-and-a-half-thousand-year-old purple sea monster. She can also see lots of other folks, like Mr. Balloon (David Keegan), Dollop (Shai Matheson), and Squimpy (Naomi McDonald). Together, the pair satisfy their curiosity about things by exploring their surroundings, asking lots of questions, and solving problems that arise during the process. 

Is it any good?

The colorful and engaging series uses mixed media to create a magical world in which Jessy and the Scottish-accented Nessy actively set out to learn new things. It reinforces character strengths and life skills -- such as remaining curious and being able to work in teams -- in a way that is simple and upbeat enough for young children to understand. From wondering why the wind blows to wanting to know how airplanes stay in the sky, the duo observes, explores, and asks questions to find the answers they are looking for. Adding to the fun are the objects and creatures they interact with, and Jessy's singing and ukulele playing skills. Overall, Jessy & Nessy is energetic and creative and will keep young kids entertained and exposed to an array of important character strengths. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the life skills that are highlighted in Jessy & Nessy. Why is it important to be curious about things? To be able to work in teams? How do these life skills help us become better people? 

  • What kinds of things are Jessy and Nessy curious about? How do they go about finding answers to their questions? Do they always find the answers they are looking for? 

  • Talk about the friendship between Jessy and Nessy. Does it remind you of any of your own friendships? What makes it different? 

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