Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends

TV review by
Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends TV Poster Image
Sunny Patch is crawling with inquisitive bugs.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The show presents an admirable model of a mixed family.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series deals with adoption and presents an admirable model of a mixed family. The stories have a gentle, loving tone, along with good doses of humor. Parents might want to introduce their children to the books by David Kirk on which the show is based, too.

User Reviews

Parent of a 5 year old Written byacw87 January 10, 2011

Cute colorful show

Very bright, colorful, fun show. Not much in the educational department but it does showcase a variety of 'everyday' emotional issues kids often run i... Continue reading
Adult Written byJuliasMom April 9, 2008

Cute and Colorful

My daughter loves this show. Its imaginative and fun and bright and colorful which is why she likes it so much. It covers topic such as sharing, lying, listen... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old September 2, 2012

TV-Y7 rating

Violence: Peril.
Kid, 12 years old April 25, 2015

What's the story?

In MISS SPIDER'S SUNNY PATCH FRIENDS, the title character and her husband and children have adopted some orphan bugs of different species and set up house in a hollow tree in Sunny Patch. The community is made up of all sorts of insects and their families, including, of course, one villain -- a creepy white spider named Spiderus, who's determined to ruin everyone's fun but never quite manages to do so.

Is it any good?

If there are any budding entomologists in your home, they may take exception to MISS SPIDER'S SUNNY PATCH FRIENDS. After all, in the real world a mixed group of insects like the one featured in the show would probably devour each other, not live in loving harmony. But we'll allow some poetic license since Miss Spider presents such a sweet picture of buggy harmony.

The stories are simple and relevant -- about the evils of spreading rumors, the insects' winter festival, or even a nicely non-commercial episode in which everyone does good deeds in order to receive lovely dreams from the Dream Bug. Miss Spider is a pleasant if not innovative show, one which even young children will enjoy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the variety of the characters in the series. Do your kids think these different kinds of bugs would be able to live together in the real world? What kinds of bugs live in your garden? Families can also talk about adoption. How do your kids feel about the idea of adoption? In addition to the book series, there are a wide range of arts and crafts projects that might be inspired by the series.

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