TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Adventurous kid's curiosity will appeal to preschoolers.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 22 reviews

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Educational Value

Some stories incorporate basic counting and other pre-reading skills, but it's not the main intent of the show. Positive messages about relating to others and solving problems abound, though.

Positive Messages

The series celebrates kids' curiosity about the world and how things work. Each story has positive messages about friendship, problem-solving, and individuality. The narrator engages viewers by asking them questions about the decisions Pocoyo faces.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Pocoyo often acts selfishly, looking past his friends' feelings to favor his own, but he always recognizes his mistakes and makes amends for them. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series will appeal to preschoolers' curiosity and imagination, and its positive messages about interpersonal relationships won't be lost on its young audience. Pocoyo exhibits negative traits that are common for this age group, including selfishness and frustration over not being able to do something his friends can, but each story shows how he identifies the problem and works to fix it. The show's brief format also encourages TV time limits for this age group, allowing kids to watch the story unfold and conclude in fewer than 10 minutes. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Pocoyo.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byldantzler July 27, 2018

sweet show

The first two seasons are much better in my opinion. They’re narrated by steven fry, and he adds innocence and curiosity that I love for my children. the third... Continue reading
Adult Written byJtoTheA July 22, 2018

Simple and focused

My 3-year old loved PJ Masks and Little Einsteins but Pocoyo is a personal favorite. The show isn’t busy or bursting with wild animation; the characters don’t t... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byAznkid78 June 25, 2012

Be aware of Pocoyo's behavior

Pocoyo is my little brother's favorite show, but my mother recently stopped letting him watch it. While it does offer many positive messages, such as apolo... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysuper-duper-boo... March 10, 2011

Great for all ages

I LOVE Pocoyo! I know you're thinking "isnt she a little too old for that," and yes, but we started watching it in class and he's soooo ador... Continue reading

What's the story?

POCOYO is an animated series that centers on the mischievous adventures of a 4-year-old boy and his assortment of animal friends. Pocoyo (voiced by Alex Kearns) lets his insatiable curiosity guide his way, and it often takes him in unpredictable directions. Through his imaginative adventures, he discovers how the world around him works, and when his pals Pato, Loula, and Elly join him, their interactions also teach him how to be a thoughtful person and a good friend. The English version of this series was adapted from its original Spanish and is narrated by Stephen Fry.

Is it any good?

Pocoyo's simple, contrasting animation lends itself nicely to the show's style, which uses physical interplay and gestures rather than verbal exchanges between the characters to tell a story. The narrator speaks directly to Pocoyo, asking questions and offering encouragement, and he engages kids in the story by asking for their input as well.

Preschoolers will relate to Pocoyo's imaginative curiosity about the world, as well as his less admirable qualities like selfishness, jealousy, and frustration, which often cause problems between him and his friends. In each story, he's faced with a situation that causes him to address one of these traits, and he must figure out a way to overcome it and retain his relationship with his pals in the process. Need another reason to like it? Each segment is less than 10 minutes long, making it easy for parents to keep their preschoolers' TV time to a minimum. Check out the companion website for more Pocoyo fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship. Is Pocoyo a good friend to Elly, Pato, and Loula? In what ways does he show that he is? How do his actions sometimes hurt their feelings? 

  • Kids: What problem did Pocoyo and his friends have to solve today? What ideas did they have for working it out? What would you have done differently?

  • Did you like the animation style in this cartoon? Have you ever seen a show like it? How did it compare to some of your favorites

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