By Ashley Moulton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Museum comes alive to teach preschoolers life lessons.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Show teaches basic information about a variety of cultures, animals, and geographies. Characters model pro-social behaviors.
Ridley and friends model positive messages around admitting when you make a mistake, personal responsibility, caring for others, and kindness.
Positive Role Models
Ridley is a strong female lead who is adventurous and also kind. Show features first non-binary character in preschool TV (Fred the bison), but nonbinary identity is not Fred's only defining characteristic. All characters model pro-social behavior.
Violence & Scariness
Mild scariness as the characters adventure around the museum. Cute versions of sometimes-scary animals and monsters (e.g. mummies).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ridley Jones is an educational preschool series that teaches kids about world cultures, geography, and animals. There's some mild scariness as Ridley goes on her adventures, but Ridley and friends never seem like they're in actual danger. This show is great for preschoolers, who will love the adventurous girl lead Ridley and her fun supporting cast.
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What's the Story?
Ridley Jones is the story of Ridley (Iara Nemirovsky), an adventurous six-year-old girl who lives in a children's museum. Ridley's mom (Sutton Foster) and grandmother (Blythe Danner) work at the museum and take care of the exhibits. One night, Ridley learns that Mama and Grandma Jones have been keeping a big secret from her: the exhibits come alive at night. Confident Ridley is eager to explore and go on adventures, but she learns she'll need help from her museum exhibit friends. She forms the "Eyes," a team that will keep their eyes on the museum. The Eyes are clumsy surfer-dude dinosaur Dante, perpetual worrywart Ralph, a dodo bird, young Egyptian queen Ismet, monkey space explorer Peaches, and baby bison Fred who is overconfident in their strength. Ridley and the Eyes travel across time and space to protect the museum's priceless exhibits, teaching preschoolers about different places and cultures along the way.
Is It Any Good?
This lovely series borrows a premise from the 2006 movie Night at the Museum, but it uses the museum-coming-alive storyline to help preschoolers learn positive lessons. Kids will live vicariously through Ridley who gets to play with dinosaurs other talking animals once the museum patrons leave. Ridley herself is a real treat: she's adventurous, curious, and funny just like her cinematic namesake Indiana Jones (and she wears a matching fedora, to boot). Little girls will especially love seeing a smart and brave lead female character, but all preschoolers will enjoy her endearing personality. Grown-ups will appreciate that Ridley is an extremely good role model who admits when she makes mistakes and takes responsibility for her actions. The series also features another character with positive representation, preschool TV's first nonbinary character Fred the bison. While Fred's presence is groundbreaking, what's notable about Fred is that their gender is simply explained ("not a boy or a girl, just a Fred") and not dwelled on. Ridley Jones is a fun preschool series that will teach kids a little about the world, and a lot about how to treat others.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
If you lived in Ridley's museum, what would you most want to come alive so you could play with them? Dinosaurs? Mummies? Something else?
Ridley is so curious and wants to learn all about the exhibits in the museum. Is there anything you saw in the episode today that you're curious about? How can you learn more about it?
Ridley has a lot of courage and wants to go on adventures even though she's just a kid. When do you feel brave? Can you remember a time you were afraid to try something, but you did it anyway?
- Premiere date: July 13, 2021
- Cast: Sutton Foster, Blythe Danner, David Errigo Jr., Ashlyn Madden, Iara Nemirovsky, Laraine Newman, Tyler Shamy, Ezra Menas
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Dinosaurs, Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Great Girl Role Models, History, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- Character Strengths: Courage, Curiosity
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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