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Old Enough

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Young kids learn independence in charming series.

Old Enough TV show: poster.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

Excellent, sweet (controlled) experiment

I absolutely adore this show. This show is my feel good burst whenever I need it. While parents should make sure to point out to kids that in reality the camera crew is always close by (4 or 5 at any given time) as well as most strangers on the street working for the show, it gices an amazing message about how great it feels to help your family no matter how young you are. It's also a good reminder to parents that kids are capable, and to love them through the tears to the success.

Is It Any Good?

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The sweet unscripted series, which is wildly popular in Japan, features very young children gaining a sense of confidence after successfully completing their first parent-free mission. Each adventure requires them to communicate with others, overcome their fears, and problem solve when things go wrong. As the children go about completing their tasks, the host's humorous banter, along with canned laughter and cheering, celebrates each part of the journey, But despite the obvious pre-production planning and camera crews on the scene, Western audiences may find watching young kids walking a mile from home, crossing busy roads, and navigating crowded open-air markets alone a little harrowing. However, Old Enough is also meant to underscore the role the Japanese community plays in bringing up their children, which is evidenced by the way local adults watch out for them while reinforcing their need to learn how to be independent. It's a lighthearted, family friendly series, but one that contains very positive messages.

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