A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The characters all work together to solve problems. Puppy B. Max uses a wheelchair and dances in it along with the other characters.
Positive Role Models
Almost all the characters talk in breathless, fast, loud voices, so they're a little hard to distinguish. Show's two main female characters (out of six) are stereotyped as the ditsy hottie and the rah-rah mom who keeps everything together. Nonetheless, band is supportive of each other; even if they have conflicts that require learning lessons, they come together to rock out before each episode is over.
Products & Purchases
There's a live tour connected to the show, and the characters themselves scream for a future on toy store shelves.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Raggs is about five puppy friends who live together and play in a band. It teaches life lessons to preschoolers through sketches, songs, and animated segments. While this show is age-appropriate for preschoolers and sometimes even educational, it's also a bit commercial: The characters themselves talk about wanting a future on toy store shelves, and there's a live tour associated with the series.
Is It Any Good?
While small children may well fall in love with puppy lead guitarist Raggs and his four friends, the sweet factor can be more than a little grating for adults. Add that to the fact that you can see all the seams in the educational process, including lots of repetition, and Raggs can be a bit rough. That said, kids may love watching these animals play music and have fun together.
Even more problematic are its lapses in logic. In an episode about smells, for example, Raggs and his friend Razzles smell a yummy aroma coming from the clubhouse and decide to investigate -- but they then stop to "play" (i.e., perform a concert-style number with live children screaming in the audience). Later, when Trilby loses her sense of smell to a cold, the group tries different things to help her smell again, none of which make sense -- although the smelly, stinky stew somehow works. At worst, the show is mostly harmless, if annoying. At best, there are some basic lessons to be learned.
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