A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids can learn about what it takes to foster dogs, and about animal adoption. Some social-emotional lessons but may go over kids' heads.
Positive themes around being kind to animals and making personal sacrifices to help animals. Some positive social-emotional lessons around honesty, learning from mistakes, and sibling disagreements.
Positive Role Models
Main characters Charles and Lizzie are kind to their foster puppies and make personal sacrifices to help their canine friends. They do not always make the best decisions, but they are quick to admit their faults and apologize when necessary.
The Peterson family (brother Charles, sister Lizzie, and their parents) are likeable recurring Black characters. They are multidimensional and have different personalities- Lizzie is a Type A overachiever, and brother Charles has mischevious tendencies but a good heart. The kids have friends from different racial backgrounds. Some counterstereotypical gendered behaviors, with Lizzie taking an assertive leadership role and Charles being very open with his emotions. The adults perform pretty stereotypical gender roles with Mom playing the stricter role and Dad encouraging ill-advised fun.
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Violence & Scariness
There are some storylines that may be upsetting to some kids. Siblings Lizzie and Charles grow attached to foster puppies, then are sad when they leave for their forever homes. Younger brother Charles is quite worried when their firefighter Dad is out at fire calls. No name calling or physical fighting, but there are some mild sibling disagreements between Lizzie and Charles.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief displays of marital affection.
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Brief disagreements between brother and sister; no objectionable language.
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Products & Purchases
Some fleeting logos on screen.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Puppy Place is a TV series based on the book series The Puppy Place by Ellen Miles. The show has some themes that may be upsetting to sensitive preschoolers, making this show best for grade schoolers. Siblings Lizzie and Charles grow attached to their foster puppies, then are sad when they leave for their forever homes. Younger brother Charles is quite worried when their firefighter Dad is out at fire calls. There's no name calling or objectionable language, but there are some mild sibling disagreements between Lizzie and Charles. The plots are predictable, but animal lovers will enjoy this series.
Is It Any Good?
Kids who love dogs will likely enjoy Puppy Place despite its predictable plots and unrealistic dialogue. Each episode features a foster dog that's a different breed, and the canine stars are super adorable. Kids will like living vicariously through Lizzie and Charles, whose parents give them complete responsibility in taking care of the foster dogs. The show's writing could be better. While the siblings do get in realistic-ish disagreements with each other and their parents, they resolve their problems with trite monologues that fall flat. Kid viewers may not resonate with these siblings who don't quite feel like real, normal kids. Otherwise, the series advocates for treating furry friends with respect, and shows kids that they can help animals in need too.
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