Masha and the Bear

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Mischievous tot's antics delight in Russian-inspired series.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 62 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 21 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive Messages

A sweet tale of friendship that binds two very different characters. Her feisty nature tests his patience (much like within a parent/child relationship), but he still manages to embrace her goodness. Kids will see the humor in her antics, but parents will notice that she's rarely reprimanded for her naughty behavior, which sends mixed messages to youngsters. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Bear is a model of patience and kindness, but Masha is incorrigible and gleefully tests every boundary put on her. She delights in having fun, regardless of the consequences. 

Violence & Scariness

Masha's prone to mishaps such as falling out of trees and being chased by bees, and she often brings the same bad luck on Bear. No injuries are visible, though. 

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Masha and the Bear centers on a sweet relationship between a young girl and a fatherly anthropomorphic bear whom she befriends. Masha's antics are all in fun, but they often have unintended consequences for the kindly Bear and other woodland animals. Kids might have brief concerns over some of the mishaps that befall the characters (falling out of trees or being chased by bees, for instance), but everything always works out in the end. Although Masha's adventures are fun to watch, the fact that nothing serious ever comes of her mischief is misleading, so it's a good idea to remind your kids about the differences between real life and what they see on TV. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 1 and 3-year-old Written byjcival October 28, 2016

Too passive Aggressive

As a mom, and as a psychologist I don´t like this program because no one likes the little girl, and the other animal hide from her, showing that your “friends”... Continue reading
Parent of a 2-year-old Written byAriana C. November 16, 2016

Not in my house.

I have noticed this show on Netflix and finally gave it a try this evening with my daughter. She loved the show and was fixated on it but I however was NOT a fa... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bypissypatch December 4, 2019

Masha and the bear is a great show!!!!!!!

my baby brother loves this show in fact he is watching it right now! I don't get all the hate in Masha the and the bear the only thing i agree with is that... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 3, 2017

Awesome Show

Masha and the bear is a awesome show! My 3 year old brother loves and watches this great cartoon. I sometimes watch it with him. Masha is a michevious little g... Continue reading

What's the story?

MASHA AND THE BEAR is an animated series based on Russian folklore about a precocious tot named Masha (voiced by Elsie Fisher) who befriends her forest neighbor, a retired circus performer called the Bear. In each episode, spirited Masha pulls the Bear into some wild adventure or another, often to the dismay of the other forest animals whose peace and quiet falls by the wayside whenever the little girl is around. But no matter the antics or their fallout, the Bear can't hide his soft spot for the impish Masha. 

Is it any good?

This show's vivid animation and original music nicely complement a plot that's lacking in dialogue, thanks to the fact that the Bear doesn't speak. Often minutes go by without any words exchanged, but the characters manage to tell their stories through their motions and expressions. For viewers used to the chatter of most cartoons, Masha and the Bear can be a nice change of pace. Even so, parents might want to point out to their kids that as enticing and exciting as Masha's capers seem to be, they'd yield far different consequences in the real world. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about rules and why we have them. How do rules help keep you safe? Who makes the rules in your family? In your school? Does Masha follow any rules? Does she ever learn from her mistakes?

  • What do you think about the fact that many of the characters don't talk? What are some other ways of communicating besides speaking? 

  • Kids: Who are some of your favorite TV and movie characters? How does Masha rank among them? Can you learn anything from her in this show? 

TV details

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For kids who love animated animals

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