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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Mighty Express is a preschool-friendly train show that's full of adventure. Fantastically diverse characters that appeal to both girls and boys work together to solve problems in Tracksville. Episodes have some mildly scary elements (like a runaway train), but characters never appear to be in real danger.
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What's the story?
MIGHTY EXPRESS is packed full of teamwork and adventure as trains and kids save the day in the town of Tracksville. There are three lead kids guiding the trains through their missions: Max the brave team leader, Liza the clever engineer, and Nico the nerdy trackmaster. Every episode focuses on one or two trains, like Freight Nate (freight train), Farmer Faye (animal cargo), Rescue Red (fire train), or Peoplemover Penny (passenger train). The kids and trains have to work together to solve problems like a runaway train, delivering a drum set in time for a concert, and hauling popcorn for movie night. There are always obstacles in the way of reaching their goal, and the characters have to use problem-solving skills to figure out how to fix the issue. There's lots of action in each episode, but there's also a lot of focus on positive themes like learning from your mistakes or overcoming fears.
Is it any good?
Where this series stands out is how relatable and funny its characters are. Mighty Express is executive produced by the creator of Paw Patrol, and at times it seems like a mashup between Paw Patrol and the 2010 train series Chuggington. By adding human kids into the mix, it's much easier for preschoolers to empathize with the characters when they talk about being scared or disappointed. There's still lots of train-related fun and adventure, but preschoolers can also learn important social-emotional lessons from the storylines. The series also does an excellent job appealing to both boys and girls and making sure that lots of types of kids are represented on screen -- it's pure preschool fun that kids will love and parents can feel good about.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Mighty Express characters use teamwork to solve problems. Why is teamwork often better than trying to fix something yourself?
Max, Liza, and Nico have different jobs in Tracksville. What job do you think would be the most fun: being the leader like Max, the engineer like Liza, or the trackmaster like Nico? Why?
- Premiere date: September 22, 2020
- Cast: Zoe Hatz, Jay Hatton, Meesha Contreras, Dylan Shombing, Tyler Nathan, Leo Orgil, Michela Luci, Ian Ho, Evan Lefeuvre, Annick Obonsawin
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, Trains
- Character strengths: Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: Streaming
- Last updated: June 8, 2021
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