Parents' Guide to

Little Bill

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Little Bill knows a whole lot about love & laughs.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 5+

Great classic show for kids!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 4+

Based on Bill Cosby-- he is no role model for kids

We were so excited to find Little Bill years ago-- it is not as easy to find kids shows with children of color as the main character. However, once Bill Cosby's criminal activity became public, I did not want to keep supporting his show. Role models matter, and his violent past is not the kind of thing I want my kids to see normalized.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (20 ):

Little Bill reflects another successful effort by Cosby to bring a story of a loving home life to the small screen. The show is set in an urban Utopia, which isn't a bad place for young viewers to visit. Also inspiring are the professional demeanor of the people who interact with Little Bill and his family, the seamless sense of community, and the Afro-centric world in which these characters celebrate life.

And although the animation is reminiscent of a storybook come to life, the audio track mimics real life, with voices speaking in regular cadence and sound effects that match the surroundings. The only sound that has a cartoon effect is the blinking eyes of Elephant, Little Bill's hamster, who is forever scrabbling around Bill's room in his plastic play ball. So much is true to life, yet somehow, since it's animated, the series keeps a magical TV-land effect.

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