JoJo's Circus

TV review by
Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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A little clown leads life under the Big Top.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

JoJo takes the lead in solving problems, often calling upon the help of her friends.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series is a good fit for younger preschoolers because of its simple plotlines, adorable visuals, and silly, circus-themed characters. To help younger viewers follow along, JoJo talks directly to viewers to describe what's happening and summarizes the lessons learned at the end of each story. The series will help kids learn about playing with others, making group decisions, listening to others' ideas, and communicating their own.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byphinfan114 April 9, 2008

JoJo's a big hit

JoJo's circus has outlasted all the other shows for our daughters attention (Barney, Little Einstiens, Dora, etc). We have incorporated the "What did... Continue reading
Adult Written byonekid April 9, 2008

Daughter loves it

My 2 1/2 year old loves JoJo's Circus. She gets up and jumps around with it and has a good time. The stories and characters are cute, and there's neve... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 27, 2011

GIMME A BREAK!

THIS SHOW IS STUUUUUUUUUUUUUPID!!!!!! I HATED THIS SINCE CHILDHOOD.
Teen, 13 years old Written bysrrodriguez April 9, 2008

I lost more than enough brain cells watching this.

The kiddy humor was unbearable, even my 3 year old was begging me to turn it off!

What's the story?

JOJO'S CIRCUS follows a curious kindergarten-aged clown who explores Circus Town with her equally colorful friends. She often takes the lead in suggesting ideas or finding ways to help friends when they're in trouble.

Is it any good?

JoJo has a pet lion and close companion named Goliath, styled with a flashy, pompadour-like mane. Each episode starts with Goliath hiding and JoJo finding him. Kids love it each time. JoJo's parents -- Mr. Tickle and Peaches -- are also circus performers. Mr. Tickle leaves for work each morning by blasting out of a cannon. It would be nice to see a bit more character development in Peaches, though she's clearly a doting mother to JoJo. JoJo is friends with other aspiring circus performers, including animals, reptiles, amphibians, and vegetables, such as Skeebo Seltzer, Trina Tightrope, Croaky Frogini, Dinky Elephant, Tater Spudinski, and Bal Boa.

Each half-hour episode contains two short stories on subjects such as JoJo going on a sleepover and wanting to dance with teddy bears, or an energetic baby clown performer coming to town. At the end of each story, JoJo literally has the spotlight and answers the inevitable question -- "JoJo, what did you learn today?" From a 3-year-old's perspective, JoJo's Circus packs a lot into each short story. No doubt it's a series that kids grow out of, perhaps even before they finish preschool. But for those who are interested, it provides a half-hour of downtime while sharing some giggles and lessons about friendship.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the lessons of the day. What are your kids' favorite things about the circus? Do parents notice specific skills that their kids are getting from watching JoJo's interactions? Do kids think JoJo has what it takes to be a professional clown when she grows up?

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