Little Lunch

TV review by
Natascha Crandall, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Insightful mockumentary shows the lives of kids during play.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 12 reviews

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Educational Value

Little Lunch is not overtly educational, but the playground on this show is the epicenter for true social-emotional learning. This is where kids really learn about themselves and others. In addition to this, this show features breakaway moments where the characters speak to the camera to explain what they were thinking or feeling during certain moments. While these are often humorous, they're also very enlightening.

Positive Messages

Lots of positive messages throughout. Characters disagree and then resolve their problems. Despite all the issues that come up while they play, this diverse group of characters all remain friends and look out for one another. They do occasionally show adults as not being very smart or acting goofy. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

These characters act like real kids. While they're generally a very positive group, mistakes get made, but that's part of the beauty of this show.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Little Lunch is a delightful The Office-style mockumentary series that features kids at recess talking about their lives. It's one of those shows that's entertaining for kids as well as adults. For grown-up viewers, some things haven’t changed: Kids think and play in unique ways, and this group of kids is relatable to almost everyone. The interviews with the characters during the situations are not only funny and fun to watch but can help viewers see how children think about things. While the show takes place in Australia, people from all areas can easily relate to these creative and entertaining stories.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChuck_Norris January 28, 2021

Free Depression ticket: Watch

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They said boobs and the characters thought it was funny. it also mentions school, which will give your child depression. Homeschool... Continue reading
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byVvater June 27, 2020

It’s time for little lunch

Great show
It Shows 6 11 year old kids
At play time
Teen, 16 years old Written byAnonimity November 23, 2020
It’s good but the character Rory says “Minkle” a lot which can translate to c*nt
Teen, 14 years old Written byshoelace102 October 19, 2020

Number Ten Good Show for Kids

Seriously, it was good! I watched it when I was ten because I couldn’t find anything else on Netflix Kids. I watched all the episodes and enjoyed it.
The only b... Continue reading

What's the story?

LITTLE LUNCH is a The Office-style mockumentary for kids that takes place during the most important period of a child’s day: free time at school. Characters are left on their own to play and interact with one another without guidance from adults. In addition to the show's story, the series features short interviews with characters to gain insight into what they're really thinking and feeling.

Is it any good?

This delightful live-action show is vibrant and funny enough that parents will want to watch it with their kids (and maybe even sneak in an episode when they aren't even there!). Modeled after classic mockumentary formats, with interviews, asides, and a plot running through it all, Little Lunch gives young kids clear (and often hilarious) voices. It does a great job of exploring the deep well of a subject that hasn't been explored quite this way before -- the thoughts and feelings of young kids as they experience free time during their school day.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship and how it's portrayed in Little Lunch. Is it scary to make new friends at school? How does recess or playtime make it easier or harder?

  • Kids: Who are you most like? Who is your favorite character on the show, and why? Would the show be the same if one of the characters were removed from the show? If the show were to add another character, what would they be like?

  • Families can talk about communication. How do the kids talk to each other (and the audience) on this show? What other character strengths are important as you go through school? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: July 20, 2015
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Character strengths: Communication
  • TV rating: TV-G
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 27, 2020

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