TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Cute rag dolls teach great lessons despite marketing ties.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

Stories introduce kids to basic concepts of how things work, especially in nature. A character taps trees for syrup; another searches a chicken coop for eggs, for example.

Positive Messages

Strong messages about friendship, helping others, and working as a team. Each character brings a unique set of talents to the group, and the stories provide opportunities for them to use their gifts for the benefit of whole. Diversity is a celebrated trait of the friends. While most of the dolls are girls, there are a couple of boys as well.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are exceedingly friendly, kind, and generous with their time and attention to others. Each has a special skill (working with animals, baking, being a leader, tending to boo-boos, etc.) that's illustrated within the stories.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

A popular merchandise line inspired the show, so fans can find their favorite characters in toys, games, books, and on any number of other products marketed toward kids.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lalaloopsy features characters from a popular line of toys for preschoolers, so the advertising tie-in is a major consideration in gaging whether the show is appropriate for your kids. The show is set in a colorful world around a cast of friendly rag dolls, each of whom is valued in the community for his or her unique talents and personality traits. The stories illustrate friendship, helpfulness and teamwork, all within the context of a challenge that the characters must overcome.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycrinna January 15, 2014

30 min commercial disguised as a show

This show is insipid. I am disappointed with the storytelling, most of which mostly revolves around each character moaning about not being able to put on a part... Continue reading
Adult Written byadvocatewhat'sright June 3, 2013

It's alright.

How's this not for kids? Yeah the animation looks lousy but this show is A MILLION times better than Sanjay and Craig (Nick's newest and dumbest anima... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 5, 2020


I saw my little sister watching this the other day and I was like "whhhhhhhat" cause its so pink and bright it hurts my eyes and after like 10 minutes... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMilikit November 3, 2019

Good but a little cringey sometimes

It can be pretty entertaining for little kids and it even has decent slice-of-lifey plots (like breaking the record of the tallest pancake stack, for example),... Continue reading

What's the story?

LALALOOPSY follows the adventures of a group of lively rag dolls who live and play in their home of Lalaloopsy Land. Based on a toy line from MGA Entertainment, the show introduces Jewel Sparkles, Crumbs Sugar Cookie (voiced by Calista Schmidt), Peanut Big Top (Malia Ashley Kerr), Bea Spells-a-Lot (Hayley Stone), and their friends in their colorful world filled with fun. Each day brings opportunities for these pals to learn, solve problems, and express friendship in new ways, all the while playing, laughing, and having fun together.

Is it any good?

Based on a line of dolls and accessories introduced in 2010, Lalaloopsy has the markings of a crafty marketing campaign to draw kids' attention toward the toy aisle. There's no doubt that the show's success will translate into sales; one visit to Lalaloopsy Land and your preschooler is bound to find a favorite character and coordinating pet, both of which are conveniently matched with an adorable replica on the store shelves. For parents looking to avoid this kind of hand-in-hand advertising, this series won't do you any favors.

That said, the show doesn't hang its hopes entirely on its existing familiarity with its target age group. Instead it makes a real attempt to impart some likable messages on young viewers, showing how diversity is beneficial to the characters as a whole and celebrating what makes each one unique. From nurses to dancers to budding arborists, these friendly dolls remind kids that it's great to be different, especially when you can use those differences to help others and be a good friend.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes each of us different. Kids: What are some of your unique qualities? What traits do you admire in your friends? How do these differences make your friendships better?

  • What problem did the characters solve? How was teamwork an important part of the solution? How might you and your friends have done things differently?

  • Talk with your kids about what advertising is and how it works. Kids: Which of your favorite shows have coordinating toys or games in stores? Are you more likely to want a product if it has your favorite character's face on it? Does that make it better?

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