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The show features storylines surrounding social emotional issues with a focus on being helpful.
Mack and Moxy are full of positive messages about helping others. This is clearly their goal which is supported by their mentions of “the helpee” and going to “helpee land” to share happiness with the world. They are also dressed as scouts (green vest with patches and medals) and are accompanied by a scout ranger (girl in a green uniform with a brown ranger hat).
Positive Role Models
Mack and Moxy are committed to helping and love their work. While they help people in need, whether it be by buckling their seatbelt or teaching them how to play four-square, they're never negative or mean to the villain. Instead they thwart him by saving the helpee before he can get to it.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mack & Moxy is a colorful preschool series about a team of puppet helpers who spend each episode finding a "Great Helpee" and learning a distinct lesson on the way. It's a lot of fun, but the lesson part of each episode sometimes isn't quite as engaging as the rest. But the mission to teach kids to help others and be good people is worthy, and kids will likely enjoy tagging along for the journey. The human helpers are diverse, as is the rotating cast of "Admirables," Mack and Moxy's bosses.
Is It Any Good?
This show is fast-paced, brightly colored, and has so much energy leading up to finding the person in need that the learning moments themselves can seem a bit anti-climactic. Despite this, the desire to help others is a positive goal to model for kids, and the characters are steadfast in their mission. Mack and Moxy's headquarters is filled with goofy antics, and the human scouts they recruit for in each 11-minute adventure are energetic and diverse. Parents will also enjoy seeing familiar faces when the "admirable" appears, as special guests often play these parts (i.e., Rachel Ray, Dean Norris, Keegan-Michael Key).
That said, the stories are short, and with the musical numbers and travel to and from Helpee land, it can be difficult to really get into the plot and what Mack and Moxy are doing to help the person in need. While the messages are repeated often and featured in a wrap up at the end to help ensure learning, some of the vocabulary is a bit over preschoolers' head (i.e., "organized play, resolving conflict, disputes"), which might make it harder for the messages to stick.
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