Octonauts: Above and Beyond

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 3+

Lessons about science, nature in gentle adventure show.

Parents say

age 3+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 4+

Based on 1 review

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age 3+

Infected by Netflix

Big fans of the original series, this one disappoints in multiple ways, mostly due to Netflix's focus on agendas. What we enjoyed about the original was it's focus on marine biology, the importance of team and service leadership, focus on roles and responsibilities, and the lack of agenda. Structurally the show is the same: some minor disaster occurs and the team has to work together to solve it. Very Scooby Doo in that the scary things resolve to be misunderstood animals. The new show falls flat in a couple ways. First, the primary legacy character they kept as a regular was the most boring one. The others make appearances, but they aren't big parts of the show. The new characters are fine, although the monkey's annoying. Either way it's the typical trap of introducing new characters to sell new toys instead of developing the old characters in interesting ways. Secondary, the show relies on textbook style exposition too much. The original had a bit of this, but now it's like a read along in places. Lastly, every show just about has some climate doomsday plot point. It's a kids show, you don't need to be trying to scare them that the world is ending. I know Netflix has to push their checklist of agenda items, but it doesn't make it appropriate or palatable. To summarize, if your kids are into Octonauts you won't be able to avoid this one, but if you can I'd skip it. It's lost its charm.
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age 3+

BEST show ever!

My kid and daycare kids LOVE this show. It teaches them A LOT and my kids go around giving facts about critters. It inspires hero play! I love how it inspires my kids to work on "gups". Tweak is a female character whom fixes everything too. AWESOME. there are adorable catch phrases too! This show teaches empathy and encourages us to WANT to help these animals in real life. Incredible! I like how this show does not pretend like animals are currently safe, it uses REAL examples of animals today losing their habit. If you don't want that- then you are not looking for an educational show.

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