Raggs

TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Overly cute puppies teach so-so life lessons.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

Almost all of the characters talk in breathless, fast, loud voices, so they're a little hard to distinguish. It's also more than a little annoying that the 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, the band is supportive of each other, and even if they have conflicts during the show that require learning lessons, they come together to rock out before each episode is over.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

There's a live tour connected to the show, and the characters themselves scream for a future on toy store shelves.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, while this show is age-appropriate for preschoolers and sometimes even educational, its lapses in logic seem to be at cross-purposes with its goal of teaching basic life lessons. Also, the characters themselves talk about wanting a future on toy store shelves, and there's a live tour associated with the series.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJandWMommy April 9, 2008

So much fun for kids!!!

This show is such a hit with my 3.5 year old son Jack. He just gets beside himself when it's on, and I love to watch him dance around to the music. We find... Continue reading
Adult Written byRecessGymClass2 November 27, 2016

A sucktackular show, and torture for both kids and adults.

This was a really horrible show. One of the worst kids shows i've ever seen. Let us begin the review, shall we? This show had too many bright colors. I... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old February 14, 2011
Kid, 12 years old September 4, 2010

HORRABLE

THIS SHOW SHOULD BE RATED R!

What's the story?

Ostensibly 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 segements. The characters began life as entertainment for ad executive Toni Steedman's daughter, 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 -- the constant repeats for emphasis, for example -- and Raggs is just barely tolerable.

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 club house 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what the characters are trying to teach viewers in each episode. Did you understand the lesson? Kids: What's the difference between the live-action "plushie" characters and the animated version? Which do you like better? Why? Do you think the live-action characters are really playing their instruments, or just pretending?

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