TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Delightful puppets address kids' bedtime issues.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 4 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The series addresses common kid bedtime woes like procrastination, fear of sleeping in the dark, and separation anxiety in a reassuring way through stories and song.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

A line of toys (including, of course, plush replicas of the cuddly stars), apparel, and DVDs is expected, so youngsters may be eager to own their own Pajanimal items for bedtime.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series from The Jim Henson Company uses endearing characters, stories, and songs to address common sources of bedtime strain -- like establishing good hygiene habits, sleeping with the lights off, and separating from parents. The show's tone is gentle and empathetic, ensuring that preschoolers won't feel threatened when parents use the characters' issues to start discussions about similar ones their kids face.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRecessGymClass2 November 28, 2016

This sucks.

Nothing new. The characters talk to the moon, which is disturbing. Like I said in my latest kid's shows reviews, it is creepy to talk to inanimate objects... Continue reading
Parent of a 2, 4, 8, 14, 14, and 17-year-old Written byparentof7 March 2, 2015
Teen, 16 years old Written byBadgersRool August 9, 2020
Teen, 14 years old Written byReach_forthestars June 1, 2018

Best show when I was little

Look, I grew up with this show when I was 5 - 7 me and my little brother watched it every night.

What's the story?

PAJANIMALS is a musical series that centers on a quartet of cuddly critters and their bedtime routines. Created by The Jim Henson Company, the Pajanimals use stories and songs to explore their feelings and frustrations about bedtime. With the help of these adorable lovies, preschoolers will come to see that there's no shame in facing worries like being afraid of the dark or anxious about separating from a parent. They'll also learn the importance of establishing good bedtime habits.

Is it any good?

This soothing series combines delightful tales and melodic songs to give families the opportunity to relax and unwind before diving into bedtime routines. Kids will quickly come to love the diverse characters, each of whom has a unique personality -- and plenty of endearing personality quirks. And parents are sure to appreciate the show's take on nighttime woes like prolonging bedtime and slacking on good hygiene, which offers plenty of opportunity for discussions about the particular issues their family faces.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about establishing routines. What routines does your family have throughout the day? How do routines help keep things in good running order? Kids: What are your personal responsibilities during different times of the day? Families can also discuss various issues that arise during bedtime. Kids: How do you feel at bedtime? Do you worry about anything? If so, what? What comfort items do you like to have with you? How do they help you relax?

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