Rolie Polie Olie

TV review by
Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Imaginative world fit for a giggly preschooler.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 12 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Olie and his parents, sister, and friends are considerate and kind as they spin through life's adventures.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this imaginative world of robotic friends is colorful and inviting for preschoolers, but may not seem high-tech and flashy enough for older kids and up. Still, it won an Emmy and appeals to many in its target audience.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynduns March 30, 2013

Surprisingly good.

You know, it's funny, I actually didn't grow up with this show, but after checking out a bit of it, I kind of wish I had. This is probably one of the... Continue reading
Adult Written byZombieGirl June 20, 2012

Very cute show for kids to watch

I am currently 21 years old and I started watching this at around 9 or 10 years old and even for an older kid it was amusing to watch! I wouldn't mind sitt... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byMusiclovergig June 18, 2021

This Show Is WEIRD

A show in it's own world, that speaks it own language, has it's own logic, and makes no sense to anyone older than 3. Also watching it at 3:00am is ju... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byTeddyBearR February 16, 2021

What's the story?

In ROLIE POLIE OLIE, Olie (voiced by Cole Caplan) lives with his parents, little sister Zowie (Kristen Bone), and robotic dog Spot (Robert Smith) in a teapot-shaped house with eyes that wink and blink at different pivotal points in the plot. The parents may move like robots, but they're very smooth in their parenting skills, supporting Olie and Zowie to find their own solutions to challenges. At first Olie's parents seem to be perpetuating gender stereotypes, with Mom always in a dress and coiffed hair and Dad wearing a bow-tie, but they're in fact much more contemporary and can rumba their way out of any sticky situation. Olie also has a friend and neighbor, Billy, who looks very different: He's a square-headed robot and lives in a square house with furniture that has edges and corners. Though he looks different, hye and Olie have similar interests and family life. Another colorful character is Olie's rockabilly uncle, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Elvis.

Is it any good?

This is the type of show that parents need to take a breath and watch for a while to appreciate. Yes, the songs will be stuck in your head for the day. But for a very young preschooler, it's funny, not scary, and extremely silly. Okie dokie?

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about many of the issues Olie's family faces, from how to get along with a brother or a sister to what kind of behavior is appropriate at the dinner table. Families can also talk about how much fun it is to use your imagination. What shapes and colors would make up a world all their own?

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