Little Bear

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Gentle, age-appropriate viewing for preschoolers.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 44 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 30 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Good role models who share and play well together, despite their differences.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series is gentle, conscientious, and family-oriented. The pace is perfect for young viewers, and the plot is appropriately concise. Though the educational content is sparse, the characters' utter involvement with nature is a welcome variance from the computer-and-robot themes that dominate so many cartoons for children. Reading Homelund's book and comparing it with the TV series might be a way to delve further into this idyllic realm.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMamaButler May 3, 2019

Best show ever

This show demonstrates manners, friendship, sharing, imagination, kindness, and how to entertain yourself without anything but simple pleasures. (Outdoor play,... Continue reading
Adult Written byNostalgiaAndSense January 20, 2019

Perfect for growing kids.

I myself watched Little Bear from ages four to around seven. The characters taught me manners and kindness where my parents were too busy with work to do so; on... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byGregoryMccormick123 June 26, 2014

This was the golden age of Nick Jr.

Little Bear was a show that needs to come back. Loved it as a kid, and still do. Great animation, likeable characters, calm, charming, and very relaxing. This w... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byDuper_Drew July 29, 2012

Forget Dora,Kai-Lan,and Diego! This is what little kids SHOULD be watching!

This was the 3rd best show on Nick Jr! The 2nd was Blues Clues,the 1st was Oswald.The animation was unique,and it has peaceful fun for little kids! :D!

What's the story?

LITTLE BEAR was introduced to the public as a collaborative effort between author Else Holmelund and legendary illustrator Maurice Sendak. First appearing on television in 1995, Little Bear's mixture of playfulness and heart gained a healthy following.

Is it any good?

Animal lovers will enjoy the characters who pal around with Little Bear: There's Cat, who can be crafty around baby birds; Duck, who loves potato salad; Owl, who can at times feel insecure; and Lucy, a little girl who plays with the bunch during the summertime. Mama Bear and Papa Bear trust Little Bear to play with his friends unattended in the forest. Perhaps this reminder of times gone by -- when playing croquet, having picnics, and swimming in the local watering hole were part of daily life -- is the most attractive aspect of this series. If Little Bear inspires families to enjoy such pastoral pleasures, then all the better.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to play outside all the time like Little Bear and his friends do. What would life be like without television, video games, and computers?

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