Little Bill

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Little Bill knows a whole lot about love & laughs.
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Parents say

age 5+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this tv show.

Positive messages

Little Bill's neighborhood is a mixture of many different people. Even when he gets himself into a fix, Little Bill is treated by his elders with respect. In fact, respect to one another is a theme throughout the show.

Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism

Bill and his friends treasure what they have. They make games out of their imaginations.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know the series is based on the Little Bill books written by Bill Cosby. This series is similar to The Cosby Show, except that it's animated and meant for 4-year-olds. Little Bill has a tricky little grin and the strong will of a young child. His parents and the community embrace him as he develops. Overall the series creates a gentle and friendly atmosphere for young viewers.

User Reviews

Parent of a 1 year old Written bythecraftaholic December 16, 2008

mixed feelings

Little bill is an annoying spoiled brat who is way too stubborn for his own good. my daughter likes it a little. but i can't stand it! He's a brat an...
Adult Written bySSburk April 9, 2008

Little Cutie!

My daughter has learned more from this show about behavior and how it effects others more than any other. She keeps what she learns and uses it a lot. One epi...
Teen, 15 years old Written byGregoryMccormick123 June 26, 2014

A GOOD show I enjoyed watching as a kid.

Another good show that Nick Jr. killed. It was relaxing, nice jazz music, and very creative plot. Nick Jr. should be ashamed of themselves for cancelling Little...
Teen, 16 years old Written byMaya16 September 20, 2015

Positive messages for younger kids

This is like full house or the Cobsy show for 3-5 year olds. It has positive messages about family, going to a new school, and making new friends.

What's the story?

Based on the books written by Bill Cosby, this animated series centers on polite child Little Bill (voiced by Xavier Pritchett) and his family. Little Bill's mother (Phylicia Rashad) is an attentive and patient woman who is sometimes busy tapping away at her laptop but always has time for her children. When she requires support, she draws upon a community of family and friends who are interested in the well-being of the children in the community. Hence a strong foundation of care and attentiveness is created beneath the action of Little Bill's world, giving him a safe place to grow and explore.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the values of Bill's family. Is their interaction and how they navigate different situations, similar to your family dynamics? Do kids admire Bill?

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