A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Social-emotional lessons around patience, helping friends, and other preschool skills.
Positive messages around helping friends and respecting others' emotions.
Positive Role Models
Lucas and his friends are very kind to one another. They talk about their emotions and help each other overcome obstacles.
Violence & Scariness
Mild scariness, adventure, and sadness.
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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.
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.
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