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Anything but lazy -- it's exhausting! OK for kids.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids will learn some things about living a healthy, active lifestyle, but sometimes the tips can get lost amid the chaotic pace.

Positive messages

The idea behind the series is to inspire lazy, lethargic kids to become active. The show promotes an overall healthy lifestyle.

Positive role models

Overall the characters are tolerant of one another and try to get along; the "villain" unsuccessfully tries to tempt the kids into becoming lazy.

Violence & scariness

Play sword fights, imaginary battles.

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the series' premise is to motivate viewers to dance and be acrobatic and active like the main characters. But the brightly colored sets, rubbery puppets, and spooky villain -- combined with the fast-paced jump cuts -- can create an exhausting effect. Characters are encouraged to make healthy choices like exercising, cutting down on snacks, and reading, but the point is sometimes lost in the show's chaotic nature.

What's the story?

LAZYTOWN, created in Iceland, was born from the idea that kids should be encouraged to be active rather than lazy. Stephanie (Julianna Rose Mauriello) visits LazyTown to stay with her uncle, the mayor. She meets a variety of kids -- who happen to be puppets -- and befriends the town's superhero, Sportacus 10 (Magnus Scheving). Villain Robbie Rotten (Stefan Karl Stefansson)lurks nearby and is always trying to foil the kids' good time.

Is it any good?


Kids will like the acrobatic moves that Sportacus 10 busts out -- flipping throughout his spacecraft, jumping over any hurdle, and dancing with Stephanie. This enthusiasm isn't without its benefits. Kids might try to jump and flip the way Sportacus 10 does. The role modeling is also well-intended, but the show's fantasy style doesn't invite real learning to take place.

Parents might take advantage of the momentum generated by this program by turning off the television and getting active with their kids -- after all, that's what LazyTown is really all about.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the characters' energy. Why are they so enthusiastic and excited? Is it because of the healthy choices they make?

  • Does this show encourage your kids to dance or move around?

TV details

Premiere date:August 16, 2004
Cast:Julianna Rose Mauriello, Magnus Scheving, Stefan Karl Stefansson
Topics:Superheroes, Arts and dance, Music and sing-along, Puppets
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 15 years old Written bykatcar12 March 14, 2012

Waste of your kid's time

Catchy theme song. One of the kids acts really selfish and spoiled. If your child is a "copycat" you don't want them watching this. The villain may be scary to young kids. The only good thing about the show is it promotes exercising. But honestly, have your kids watch educational shows like Sesame Street, Arthur, Curious George, and Berenstein Bears. This show is garbage.
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Adult Written bytrajedy April 9, 2008
Parent of a 17 year old Written bylove2 October 6, 2009

why did they call it lazy town???????

why do they call this show lazy town? i will never know! there is everything but lazyness in this show it has so much running around and playing and so many good messages to toddelers too! i of course am to old for this show and dont think about it but 2 year olds it might be iffy for with it's very very very very very brief vilonce. but 3 and up is an ON. but kids ages 6 and up will probably not like the show.
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