Parents' Guide to

Pete the Cat

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Cheerful cat learns new things in sweet books-inspired show.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 2+

Fun show

My 4 year old really likes this show. I like how it fosters good family dynamics. Pete's older brother is supportive and fun. Also love that it encourages kids to be themselves.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 10+


Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10):
Kids say (3):

Pete's transition from the page to the screen is seamless and joyful. An introspective cat of few words himself, he surrounds himself with chatty and helpful animal friends like Emma (Indie Nameth), Wilson the Owl (Phill Jupitus), and even Grumpy the Toad (Atticus Shafer), whose glumness covers a truly kind heart. They help him learn about himself by sharing with him their own (often quirky) ways and by gently guiding his quizzical nature.

Kids will see Pete the Cat as the kind of friend they'd like to spend time with. He's soft-spoken, level-headed, and always up for new things ... that is, after he figures out what they are and how they will affect him. Because he takes his time learning, the show has a leisurely pace that's really appealing as it follows Pete's discovery process and eventual self-awareness and reminds kids of the value of taking time to process new experiences and information.

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