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Postcards from Buster

Kids who like Arthur will enjoy Buster's travels.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Diversity is a theme throughout Buster's sojourns. But the animated female characters (hello, Francine!) can be screechy, bossy, or boy-crazy.

Positive role models

Buster demonstrates compassion and curiosity on his travels.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Buster is privileged to have a cell phone, video camera, and laptop computer. Plus he flies on a private jet (which his father pilots). It's incidental, but important to the plot.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Postcards from Buster is a spin-off of the series Arthur where Buster, Arthur's friend, has the chance to travel North America on his father's plane with a fictional Latin rock group called Los Viajeros. As a child of divorce, Buster is happy to spend time with his dad, who travels often. During his travels, Buster meets kids from all over North America, learning about their lives and their beliefs. Diversity is the name of the game, though the program can be rather male-centric.

What's the story?

Arthur fans will be familiar with the cartoon cast of POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER -- but this series goes beyond the fictional world that the 'toons inhabit, interspersing live video footage of the people Buster meets as well. Postcards from Buster crosses race, ethnic, religious, and class lines with the greatest of ease. So while Buster isn't the most evolved character in the world -- he tends to obsess about junk food, and he can get frustrated rather easily -- he's also able to ask things like "what's a reservation?" to a Native American host without feeling self-conscious.

Is it any good?


This show earned some notoriety after it was singled out by the Department of Education for an episode featuring a girl in Vermont who proudly showed a photo of her mom and her female life partner. The discussion that this brief snapshot of real life incurred might not be a bad thing, though, because talking about people's choices is always a good conversation for families to have. Ultimately, the tone set by Postcards from Buster is one of tolerance and diversity -- a timely reflection of the melting pot in which we live.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way that other people live their lives -- how does what kids see in Postcards from Buster reflect or differ from life in their own hometown?

  • What do they take away from Buster's travels? Do they get any ideas of where they might want to travel?

  • How does Buster demonstrate compassion and curiosity in Postcards from Buster? Why are those important character strengths?

TV details

Premiere date:October 11, 2004
Cast:Daniel Brochu
Genre:Kids' Animation
Character strengths:Compassion, Curiosity
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 14 years old Written byHelper109 October 30, 2012

Good for kids.

Good for kids, but there was one stupid and pointless controversy because Buster visits kids with lesbian parents, but there was no sexual content and the words homosexual and lesbian weren't even used in the episode, so it was age appropriate and those parents who started the controversy were just stupid idiots who need to get lives.
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Teen, 14 years old Written byrebma97 September 11, 2011

Arthur Spinoff

It's not as good as Arthur, but it's alright. It's education because it teaches about different countries, cities, and other geographay
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Teen, 17 years old Written byBigbillyboy August 21, 2012

Not as good as Arthur,but still a great show!

Postcards From Buster is an excellent show! Not as good as Arthur,but kids will still have fun on Buster's Adventures!