A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
None shown, but a love affair between the playground monitor and custodian was featured.
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Kids sometimes utter a made-up expletive.
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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.
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.
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