Parents' Guide to

Johnny and the Sprites

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Singing, dancing, and great messages for kids.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 3+

I think this is a Fraggle Rock ripoff...

I know that it's not really a Fraggle Rock ripoff but from what I have seen this show is really bizarre at times so it feels like a Fraggle Rock clone. And the puppets are sometimes very creepy and I felt unsettled by this show.
age 8+

show contains magic.

This seems great in all areas except it has magic, and it should be noted in the comments for parents to realize.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Johnny's great at helping his new woodsy friends solve their problems, often using his musical talents to teach lessons in patience, manners, friendship, and self-esteem. And sometimes the tables turn, letting the Sprites teach Johnny a thing or two. In one episode, for example, Ginger worries that her antennae are too curly, making her look weird. Despite her friends' assurances that she looks fine, she decides to cover them up to avoid feeling self-conscious. But when she starts bumping into things, Johnny reminds her that the antennae help her navigate her surroundings and sings about all the other unique qualities that make her the wonderful Sprite that she is.

Multi-talented star/executive producer Tartaglia brings an impressive resume -- including work as a Sesame Street puppeteer and a Tony-nominated leading role in the Broadway show Avenue Q -- to this very enjoyable series. His natural exuberance and obvious love of music will ignite preschoolers' own excitement for the show. The bonus for parents is that Tartaglia's talent means that the show relies more on strong acting, good writing, and fun musical numbers (many of which are written by Broadway composers) than on general goofiness to capture audiences. If your preschoolers' TV tastes sometimes differ from yours, Johnny and the Sprites may be just what you need for joint viewing pleasure.

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