TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Precocious pig offers positive messages for preschoolers.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 13 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Olivia uses creativity and imagination to solve the problems she encounters with her family and friends. Her adventures have positive messages about self-confidence, patience, honesty, and respect.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The show is based on a popular series of books, so young fans may want to check them out. (But there's nothing wrong with that!)

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this engaging animated show for preschoolers is based on a series of best-selling books by Ian Falconer. If your kids are already familiar with Olivia's escapades, they'll be delighted to see her in this new form, and newcomers will be inspired to check out Falconer's stories after watching her in action. Adventurous Olivia has plenty of positive messages for kids about friendship, self-confidence, and the joys and responsibilities of being a sibling, and she demonstrates that imagination is a reliable tool in working through the issues kids face in everyday life.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMommy2two August 22, 2011

Bossy little pig

Plain and simple: Olivia is a bossy little pig.
Parent of a 2-year-old Written byLilybugsMom February 6, 2011
Although I like Olivia's imagination, self confidence and propensity for mischief in the original book, I think it goes a bit too far in the television sho... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 22, 2021


I think the show is so good. Im glad i grew up and remembered this show cause rewatching it its a masterpiece. Watch if you can its really a good show. Even tho... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byLouisT6 June 18, 2020

You parents are to critical

I think some of you parents are a little to critical about shows if you don’t want your kid acting a certain way then you should sit them down and tell them how... Continue reading

What's the story?

One of preschoolers' favorite literary characters comes to life in OLIVIA, which follows the adventures of a spunky young pig with a big imagination. Based on the award-winning books by Ian Falconer, the show centers on an irrepressible 6-year-old named Olivia (voiced by Emily Gray) who finds that many of the pint-sized woes she encounters with family and friends can be resolved with a little imagination and a lot of heart. While her daydreams take her to the far reaches of the world, Olivia always returns home with a fresh outlook on the day's problem and a sense of confidence that the solution is within her grasp.

Is it any good?

This precocious pig has plenty to offer her young viewers, who will delight in her creativity and humor and will relate to the troubles she has with peers and her two younger brothers. Although Olivia's imagination plays a big role in helping her solve problems, the outcome is always realistic enough for kids to apply to their own lives, and the stories include positive messages about self-confidence, patience, and friendship.

Happily, the show stays true not only to Falconer's original stories but also to his beautiful illustrations. Fans who already know and love Olivia and her friends will find that the transition from print to screen in no way lessens the quality of these stories and characters, and those meeting Olivia for the first time are sure to appreciate this chance to visit the books' world.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about solving problems. What problems did Olivia have to work out? How did they affect her and her family and friends? How did she work to solve them? Was everyone happy in the end? Have you had any problems like that? How did your solutions compare to Olivia's? Families can also discuss how the series compares to the books. How does the animated Olivia compare to the one you imagine when you read her stories? Does seeing her on TV change how you imagine her in books now? What are some of your other favorite shows that are also book series?

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