Recess

 
Engaging cartoon celebrates playground time.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Most, but not all, characters are white. Still, a great demonstration of inclusion of all types of people. The show can be funny even for adults, as the kids often sound wise beyond their years.

Violence & scariness

One main character is a toughie who talks of getting into fights.

Sexy stuff

None shown, but a love affair between the playground monitor and custodian was featured.

Language

Kids sometimes utter a made-up expletive.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is very little to worry about in this show. Although sometimes minor rules get broken and the characters are a slightly idealized group, overall the series is thoughtful, funny, and insightful.

What's the story?

RECESS abounds with clever insights into a child's perspective. Whether facing a school bully, a math test, or a forgotten permission slip, the kids band together to solve problems creatively and thoughtfully. Each kid is different, and yet they love and rely on each other's differences. The biggest guy isn't tough at all, but instead a poet and a ballet dancer. A petite girl is the toughest of the bunch and watches professional wrestling. Another girl is a genius but loves kickball, and the one African American main character is a tremendous athlete. The rest of the kids on the playground are given labels, such as Guru Kid, Upside-Down Girl, and the Diggers (twin brothers who dig holes all around the playground), and yet rather than represent generic types, they celebrate children's unique preferences and peculiarities.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The kids' mistakes create the show's most humorous situations, and viewers laugh because they understand the daily ups and downs these cartoon kids go through. The main characters may represent an ideal group of friends rather than a group that might actually be found on a typical playground. But Recess delights in presenting the obsessions of childhood, which kids sadly outgrow as self-consciousness kicks in, as perfectly normal.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different kinds of people that make up their kids' school. Is it better to try to be all the same, like "The Ashleys," or all different, like the main characters? Which of the main characters does your child admire most? Another potential discussion topic is school rules and the ramifications of breaking them.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Written byAnonymous September 3, 2013
age 5+
 

Back when Disney Channel was DISNEY...

Recess is such a great show. The character's are likeable and relatable. The plots are wonderful and the jokes funny. This show does teach good morals. The character's end up correcting their mistake if they did something bad and thinked about what was so bad about what they did. I totally recommend Recess!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written bycsmith April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

A Show to Watch Together!

This is one of the few animated shows that everyone in my family enjoys. My children (ages 5 & 7) think it is hilarious. My wife and I find the ideas behind the stories quite effective as discussion starters or reference points for issues my kids deal with from time to time. I am even using some clips to illustrate points in a religion class I teach.
Teen, 16 years old Written byQueenOfNowhere34 April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

Recess Rules

RECESS RULES!!!!!!!!!!! It's a great cartoon for anyone!
Teen, 13 years old Written byNatasha2 April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

Recess

This show is okay. I only watch it a little

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