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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lucas the Spider is an animated TV series based on the popular YouTube channel of the same name. It features the painfully adorable Lucas (voiced by Simon Webster) and his friends as they navigate problems that will be relatable to any preschooler. The characters are kind and model positive social-emotional skills. There are brief moments of mild sadness, fear, and adventure, but there's no iffy content in this charming series.
What's the story?
Lucas the Spider tells the story of a young spider (voiced by Simon Webster) who lives in a human family's house along with their pet dog Avocado, pet chameleon Bodhi, and fly Findley. The people of the house are never around, and the series follows the bug and animal friends on their daily adventures. In one story, Lucas and Bodhi help food-obsessed Findley learn patience and avoid burning his tongue on cooling cookies. Another caper involves Lucas being chased around the house by a toy robot. The friends help each other get out of sticky situations and have lots of laughs along the way.
Is it any good?
Like the popular YouTube series the series is based on, Lucas himself is devastatingly cute (yes, even though he's a pretty realistic-looking spider). He and his friends are voiced by adorable young voice actors that will make the animal characters feel relatable to preschoolers. Kids will enjoy feeling like they're let in behind-the-scenes of what it's like to be a tiny bug, and the mix of animated characters in live-action backgrounds make Lucas's world seem quite real. While the characters are bugs and animals, the problems they encounter are relatable to any preschooler (what kid hasn't found it impossibly hard to wait for a dessert to cool?).
There is a great social-emotional lesson in each episode, but it's fairly subtle for a preschool show. Grown-ups can help their little ones out by talking about the episode and pointing out the moral of the story. Lucas and his friends aren't perfect, just like real kids. Because of that, these young characters will steal many preschoolers' (and grown-ups') hearts.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Lucas and his friends. How do they help one another? How can you help your friends when they need it?
Does Lucas make you think differently about spiders or other bugs? Do you think real spiders can think and talk like Lucas?
In this show you get to see what it would be like to be as small as a spider. Are there ever times when you feel really small?
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