Save-Ums

TV review by
Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
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Harmless but noisy attempt to boost self-esteem.

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Kids say

age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

Kids are encouraged to feel empowered.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the lessons in this show are over-simplified and repeated to the point that even small children (who are comforted by the familiar) will find them tiresome. The animation is hard to look at, with lurid colors and clashing backgrounds, and the stories are right on the edge of condescending. There's nothing offensive about the show, but your kids could find many better ways to spend their time.

User Reviews

Adult Written bywalkerlapointe April 9, 2008
Adult Written bykbonardi April 9, 2008

What's not to like?

Problem solving (often in creative ways) and a message of "small is powerful" -- it's good stuff.
Teen, 15 years old Written byCartoonaholic_C... April 9, 2008

As Said, the Save-Ums are Great!!!

HOLY MOTHER OF CRUD!!! BEST SHOW EVER (on the Ready Set Learn block on Discovery Kids and TLC that is)!!! Are you mad? I LOVE the Save-Ums (along with Franny... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old September 11, 2012

What's the story?

The SAVE-UMS are a group of small alien creatures of various shapes who live in the ocean and perform heroic deeds. For example: Two hapless glow worms get into various scrapes -- they can't reach the cell phone, and Grandma is calling! So a Save-Um uses its sticky body to climb up a wall to the phone. In another episode, a ball gets stuck on top of a transport tube device; the heroic solution is to hit a switch, lower the device, and retrieve the ball.

Is it any good?

The underlying philosophy of Save-ums is that "small is powerful" and anyone can be a hero. But the manifestations of this idea are so trivial and trite that the lesson is rendered almost meaningless.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about ways the series might adjust its content to be more effective. Ask kids what they're getting out of each episode. What do kids like about the show? What would they change? Are they impressed by how the characters solve problems?

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