Sarah & Duck

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Whimsical series about friendship caters to kids' curiosity.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 29 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 6 reviews

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

Educational Value

The stories incorporate basic pre-reading skills like counting and following a sequence. The relationship between cause and effect is also addressed at a basic level (when you plant seeds in the mud, you get dirty, for example), and the show uses age-appropriate picture clues rather than words.

Positive Messages

The series encourages preschoolers' curiosity about how things work, grow, and relate to each other. Relationships are another common theme in the show; the characters illustrate positive traits of friendship, helpfulness, and consideration for others' feelings. When problems arise (and they usually do), they consult books and accept the advice of friends who want to help.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sarah and Duck are always eager to try new things and learn from them. They find creative ways to solve problems and are open to new friendships along the way.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sarah & Duck is a gentle preschool series with delightful animation and simple stories that cater to young kids' experiences and natural curiosity. The friendly characters' zest for learning new things reminds parents and kids of the joy of doing the same, and their experiences show positive examples of solving problems. Age-appropriate skills like counting and picture recognition round out this whimsical series.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 and 5-year-old Written byZoomLA June 15, 2016

Fantastic show for kids and adults!

I cannot fathom why this has averaged three stars. Perhaps some people can't manage more understated humor. This is a fantastic and charming show. There is... Continue reading
Adult Written byWill S. June 7, 2018

My favorite show for my preschooler

I personally disagree with the 3-star rating this show currently has, as I firmly believe it is a 5-star show. It is creative, fun, well produced and brilliant... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 30, 2020

Definitely no iffy content - great for when you're feeling down or sad.

If I'm ever feeling sad or in a bad mood, I always turn to Sarah and Duck, as it is cute and I actually never feel like it's too young for me, (even t... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 25, 2020

One of the best kids shows yet

Sarah and duck is fantastic when I first watched it back in 2013 I was just stunned I thought how polite and friendly the characters are to each other and how r... Continue reading

What's the story?

SARAH & DUCK follows the adventures of a young girl named Sarah (voiced by Tasha Lawrence) and her friend, Duck, whose exploits in and around their neighborhood are encouraged by the advice of an unseen narrator (Roger Allam). The simple storylines revolve around everyday activities like going to the park and celebrating birthdays, and the characters encounter new friends along the way, often in unexpected places.

Is it any good?

Sarah & Duck's animation brings to mind the style of classic storybooks, and the narrator's verbal interaction with the characters both helps move the story along at an age-appropriate pace and articulates preschoolers' natural curiosity about the characters' adventures. When there's a knock at the door, he ponders, "Who could that be?", prompting Sarah to answer it. When Duck finds an envelope with contents unknown, the narrator asks, "What are they?" -- validating young viewers' quest to know the same thing.

Another delightful aspect of the show is how it presents the exploration of new topics. All of the characters' experiences lead them to learn new things, and Sarah's often seen flipping through books or asking her own questions to solve problems that arise. Cause and effect, pre-reading skills like counting and picture identification, and sequences are more positive characteristics of this engaging series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Sarah and Duck's relationship. How are your friendships like theirs? Do you and your friends enjoy learning new things together?

  • Kids: What messages does this series send about solving problems? What resources (or people) do you use when something has you stumped? 

  • Sarah and Duck are very curious about the world around them. Families can use the topics in this show to build on ones that interest their preschoolers. Plant a garden, create artwork, bake a special treat, or brighten someone's day. What did you learn from your experience?

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Our editors recommend

For kids who love preschool fun

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