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Roary the Racing Car

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Spunky speedster teaches kids social values.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 2+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 2+

Truly a Number One star

If you see a kid's show character go to a big charity such as Children's in Need, you know they're great role models.
age 2+

Great for ages 2-4

My 4 going on 5 year old is bored/ over it... However my 2 year old will watch it for moments at a time... It's bright colors sound effects and visual stimulation is great for toddlers and the life lessons are great for preschool age. Unfortunately I thing it targets a narrow age group I would say 2-4!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Preschoolers will love tagging along with this colorful cast of speedsters on their fast-paced escapades, and they'll relate to the kid-sized problems that pop up along the way. Roary's penchant for trouble allows plenty of room for learning lessons in friendship, courage, respect, making good choices, and other important social lessons. Plus, the fact that Roary often turns to paternal auto mechanic Big Chris (Peter Kay) for guidance when he's stumped shows young viewers that it's smart to ask for adults' help in a crunch.

With its fun stories and energetic music, Roary the Racing Car is sure to win big with little viewers. The series' only flaw is the disproportionate gender distribution in its characters. In a move that subtly reinforces stereotypes in the traditionally male-dominated field of racing, the show only includes two female characters: Cici, the pink stunt car, and Marsha, the race marshal.

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