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What 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.
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What's the story?
About five puppy friends who live together and play in a band, RAGGS aims to gently teach life lessons to preschoolers through sketches, songs, and animated segments. The characters began life as entertainment for an ad executive's daughter, and then became part of an ad campaign and eventually evolved into a touring band and an Australian 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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