Little People

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Positive messages overshadow marketing in toy-inspired show.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

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Educational value

No traditional educational concepts, but strong social themes about getting along with others, showing compassion, effective communication, and friendship throughout.

Positive messages

Communication is a major theme. Every story challenges the characters to identify and improve upon behavior that causes a problem within the group. These problems include a boy's bossiness and a girl's impatience, and in each case, their actions are detrimental to the kids' fun. They must decide how they can change for the better to preserve their friendships and a sense of cooperation. Diversity among the characters.

Positive role models & representations

The kids are friendly, outgoing, imaginative, and enthusiastic, and their relationships never suffer for long because of one's negative behavior. They're quick to forgive and learn from mistakes.

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Consumerism

The series is inspired by Fisher-Price toys, and animated versions of the characters and many of the playsets are used in the show.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Little People is a preschool series inspired by the popular playsets and characters from Fisher-Price. The friendly characters let their imaginations take them far from their own neighborhood and teach them lessons about personal behavior and social interaction in the context of their experiences. Commercialism is an obvious concern, and your kids might take a new interest in the Little People line of toys and other products after seeing the show, but it doesn't self-promote at the expense of the stories themselves. Lively music and a diverse cast round out this enjoyable series for tots.

User Reviews

Parent Written byBrigitte H. March 30, 2017

Love this show

This show is the cutest show ever my son loves it so much he waches it every day. Yes it may be cheesy but it's a KIDS show and they have great stories. Wi... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byconordooley May 8, 2018

worst preschool show ever!

FUCK THIS SHOW! I HATE THE LITTLE PEOPLE TOY BRAND, ESPECIALLY THIS SHITTY SHOW! I HOPE IT GETS CANCELED!

What's the story?

LITTLE PEOPLE follows the adventures of Mia (voiced by Emma Shannon), Koby (Aden Schwartz), Eddie (Kannon Kurowski), Sophie (Taylor Bertman), and Jack (Christopher Schleicher), best friends whose big imaginations take them far away from their hometown to learn new things. They may start their day in their neighborhood, but in no time at all, they're exploring far-flung places like the jungle and even outer space. Even though being with friends is always fun, the Little People tots discover that it can pose some challenges, and they must work together to solve them.

Is it any good?

This fun-filled musical series caters to preschoolers' sense of imagination and teaches some valuable social lessons along the way. When Eddie names himself the head chef in a restaurant, for instance, he discovers that his friends don't really appreciate being bossed around. When Mia gets impatient waiting her turn, she learns the hard way how it feels to be pushed to the back of the line. These scenarios will be easy for preschoolers to relate to, and the resulting messages give kids something to think about the next time they encounter (or cause) similar behavior among their peers.

Anytime a toy manufacturer makes the jump to the TV screen, you have to weigh the pros and cons of inviting this kind of commercialism into your kids' media world. Little People steers clear of blatant self-promotion, but it's safe to say that your youngsters may notice certain toys that bear the characters' images or resemble the sets (pirate ship, farm, jungle) in this show. Fortunately, though, Little People is a quality production that easily stands on its own merit and has some great takeaways for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about solving problems like the ones that arise in the Little People's experiences. Is it always easy to recognize your own negative behavior? How can you tell a friend if his or her actions have hurt your feelings? How does communication help clear things up?

  • Kids: What are some of your favorite imaginative play themes? When you pretend, who do you like to be? Where do you learn about these subjects? Does having other friends play with you make it more fun or more challenging to pretend?

  • Kids: When you see characters like Little People as toys or on clothing and accessories, does it make you want them more? On the other hand, if you have or have seen the Little People toys, were you more inclined to want to see the show because of that?

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