Puppy Dog Pals

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Eager pups' adventures teach friendship, cooperation.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 6 reviews

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, but there are some subtle messages about friendship and cooperation.

Positive Messages

Many of the stories have subtle examples of friendship and cooperation. Rolly and Bingo leap into adventure with little thought of possible outcomes, and things generally work out for them. Their interactions with Bob illustrate the mutually affectionate feelings between pets and their people.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rolly and Bingo are all about fun, and as such they have little use for recourse for their actions. In some stories, they do have to clean up their own messes; in others, things work out in unrealistically simple ways. They're pals through and through, though, and always have each other's back.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Puppy Dog Pals is an animated series about two impetuous pug brothers who find all sorts of adventures in their home and in faraway places. The animals talk, but humans -- including their owner, Bob -- only hear barking when they do so, which can be a little confusing for young viewers. Their adventures often introduce them to new friends and give them the chance to try new things, all of which they do with much enthusiasm. Subtle themes of teamwork and creative problem-solving exist in many of the stories.

User Reviews

Adult Written byAmanda A. May 14, 2017

Annoying

This show has no point to it...However! My son is obsessed with it!!!! He is only 19 months but will actually sit and watch this cartoon and laugh at it so I ca... Continue reading
Adult Written byBrandy H. September 14, 2017

Great show!

This show is absolutely fantastic! Not only is entertaining for adults but it's also very entertaining for children. My son is 14 months old and dances eve... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 15, 2017

Alright

This show premiered yesterday, and me and my little sister watched it. I think it's an alright show for kids. It focuses on friendship and family bonds. Bi... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 13, 2017

Finally! A Great Show from Disney Junior!

Disney Junior's shows have gone downhill ever since 2013. They ruined Jake and The Neverland Pirates and Doc McStuffins, they dumbed down Sofia the First,... Continue reading

What's the story?

PUPPY DOG PALS is the story of two pug brothers, Rolly (voiced by Sam Lavagnino) and Bingo (Isaac Ryan Brown), who get into all kinds of adventures when their human, Bob (Harland Williams), leaves the house. Some days they embark on missions that take them far from their home; other days there's plenty going on inside their house to keep them quite occupied without setting foot outside. Either way, it's always a race to set things right before Bob returns home, unaware of his pups' penchant for mischief.

Is it any good?

These endearing canine siblings and their boundless enthusiasm for every new experience will appeal to preschoolers, and their adventures have lots of that silly humor that so delights this age group. When their missions take them far from home, they get to meet new friends, try new things, and scurry to make it back in time to greet Bob upon his return. When it's a stay-at-home day, they're often entertained by one of Bob's latest elaborate inventions.

If you're an animal lover yourself, you will take particular joy in pet personalities that clearly are designed to reflect real-life versions of themselves. Pug puppies Rolly and Bingo are impulsive, gregarious, and excitable, which leads them into many unexpected circumstances as they move faster than they think. Their feline roommate, Hissy (Jessica DiCicco), is much the opposite: aloof and self-involved, joining in the fray only when she deems it worth her time and energy. Such insightful touches help make Puppy Dog Pals a cute series for parents as well as young kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the value of working as a team. How do the puppies work together in Puppy Dog Pals? How do many hands make light work? Is it always better to have many opinions of how to solve a problem? What other character strengths besides teamwork are important to you?

  • Do you notice any similarities between Rolly and Bingo's relationship and what you experience with your own siblings? What is the best part of having brothers and/or sisters? On the other hand, what challenges does being a sibling create?

  • Kids: Do you generally enjoy new experiences? Can trying something new sometimes be scary? How does stepping out of our comfort zone help us grow?

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