TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Cute puppet puppies teach so-so life lessons.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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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 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.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

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 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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
Parent Written bywells0512 October 17, 2012

Mommy and Son Approved :)

My son (3) loves this show! What I love about it is that he's being entertained, while learning a lot. He has a lot of energy, so the Wag and Wiggle is h... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old May 25, 2021

Great music, but those costumes scared me

The music is great, but the costumes scared me as a kid.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about puppets. Why do people like them? Have you ever had a puppet of your own? 

  • Imagination plays a big part in this series. What if your pet could play an instrument? What would your pet play? 

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love preschool fun

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