A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Characters teach lessons about positive behavior and teamwork.
Episodes focus on positive themes like perseverance and teamwork, and that it's okay to be wrong and learn from your mistakes.
Positive Role Models
Characters model positive behavior. Very strong diverse representations- girls are shown as being capable engineers, boys are vulnerable with their emotions, the train characters are both boys and girls, and the human characters are diverse across race, gender, and physical ability.
Violence & Scariness
Mild adventure-related scariness.
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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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.