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TV review by
Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media
Recess TV Poster Image
Engaging cartoon celebrates playground time.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 21 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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.


Kids sometimes utter a made-up expletive.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

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

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... Continue reading
Parent of a 5, 8, and 10 year old Written byheckyeah September 18, 2010
Teen, 16 years old Written byQueenOfNowhere34 April 9, 2008

Recess Rules

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


This show is okay. I only watch it a little

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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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