A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Lots of great social-emotional lessons, including a focus on being grateful for the people you love.
Messages about the true meaning of Valentine's Day and the importance of gratitude.
Positive Role Models
Pinkalicious and her brother Peter are kind kids who make good choices. There's a ton of racial diversity in the extended cast, and kids of different backgrounds are friends. Some counterstereotypes with gender: Peter and Cupid are boys who wear pink dresses (and it's not commented on), Pinkalicious likes pink and girly things but is also adventurous and takes charge of the situation.
Violence & Scariness
Brief expressions of dislike between friends.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cupid Calls it Quits is an hour-long Valentine's Day Pinkalicious & Peterrific special. It focuses on the meaning of Valentine's Day: showing family and friends that you love them. There's very mild arguing between friends when Cupid cancels Valentine's Day and all the love leaves Pinkville. There's also a special segment at the end of the episode featuring real kids decorating their friends' driveways with chalk for a socially-distanced Covid-19 Valentine's Day. It has a positive tone but may bum out some kids who are missing their friends. Otherwise this special is great for all ages and will make preschoolers feel the love.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of Pinkalicious (or just general fans of Valentine's Day) will love this sweet special that's perfect for preschoolers. It's a visual treat, with lots of pink and red Valentine-y goodness. The Cupid character has a fun conceit: that he just wants to enjoy the simple pleasures of ice cream, swings, and homework like regular kids. The songs are great, and emphasize the theme of how gratitude can help cheer you up if you're feeling grumpy. At the end of the episode there's a special 2021 postscript video showing real kids making socially-distanced chalk driveway decorations for their friends' Valentines, which may help some kids who are bummed about missing Valentine's celebrations with friends during the pandemic.
It may be tempting for some parents to write off a show so focused on pink and girly things, but there's actually quite a lot of substance to Pinkalicious's Valentine's special (and boys wearing pink Cupid dresses and being lovey dovey throughout the episode offer a great counter-stereotype). Grown-ups can feel good about their kids celebrating Valentine's Day with Pinkalicious and her crew.
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