Regular Heroes

TV review by
Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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Heartwarming true stories from COVID-19 essential workers.

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Educational Value

Show is mainly meant for entertainment, but kids will get insight into a number of different occupations and learn about various ways people are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Positive Messages

Show is about people who selflessly help others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adults from diverse backgrounds are shown making a lot of personal sacrifices to help other people during COVID-19. Women are shown being strong leaders, men are shown having emotional vulnerability. All of the people profiled make great role models. 

Violence & Scariness

Features stories of essential workers during COVID-19, which may be upsetting to kids (especially if viewing while the pandemic is still happening). Nothing is graphic or suspenseful, but the fact that people are dying is periodically mentioned. Several stories mention parents being separated from their children (to protect them from getting sick).

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Consumerism

The heroes featured on the show are gifted with items and/or money as a reward for their efforts. Several brand logos are visible, though the brand names are not mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Regular Heroes is a documentary series featuring real-life essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. While nothing is graphic or suspenseful, the fact that people are dying from COVID-19 is referenced throughout. If hearing news about the pandemic is stressful to your child, they'll want to skip this one. The series does strike a hopeful tone and is mostly focused on people's incredible acts of service. The heroes are gifted items/money as a reward for their service, and product logos are sometimes clearly visible.

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What's the story?

Each episode of REGULAR HEROES profiles three essential workers going about their jobs under the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic. The heroes work in health care, food service, nonprofits, education, public works, and more. The documentary-style series shows how the heroes are making a tremendous amount of personal sacrifice to help their communities. At the end of each episode, a different celebrity like Alicia Keys, professional football player J.J. Watt, or Kevin Hart calls the hero to surprise them with a reward for their service.

Is it any good?

This show, like many feel-good reality shows that have come before it, is designed to tug at your heartstrings. Like Returning the Favor, Queer Eye, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, etc., Regular Heroes does a great job of profiling the truly heroic efforts many essential workers are making during the COVID-19 pandemic. These heroes aren't expecting anything in return, and their extreme gratitude for receiving surprise gifts from the show is heartwarming. The heroes are great role models for kids (and adults).

That said, at the time of this review, the United States is still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The show does not shy away from the challenges that exist during these coronavirus times. That reality might be too stressful for many kids to get enjoyment out of the show, despite its generally positive and uplifting tone.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the heroes featured on Regular Heroes. What kind of courageous acts did they perform during the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • The heroes in this show have a lot of compassion for other people and try to help them in any way they can. What are some ways you might be able to help people in your own community?

  • Seeing news about the pandemic can bring up a lot of feelings for kids -- and grown-ups, too. How did watching this show make you feel? What kind of conversations did it spark?

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