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Scout's Safari

By Sarah L. Thomson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fish-out-of-water drama mixes animals, issues.

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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Great show, miss it.

I really liked this show when I was younger and I'm sad it couldn't be continued due to budget reasons. Also it seems they're no longer airing it. If by chance you do happen to see it on tv or online, I recommend it. Lots of animals, lessons learned, and friendship. I put in the violence because I recall an episode where they were dealing with poachers. I feel it's important that the act of poaching is explained to your kid whether you agree with it or not.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The show takes on weighty issues, but handles them with a deft touch so that viewers won't feel they're being preached at. For example, pieces of South African history are introduced as Scout struggles to prepare for an important test, and a friend helps her see parallels between the history of South Africa and the United States. Encounters with wildlife, like the dramatic rescue of an orphaned lion cub, add drama and excitement.

The conclusions to conflicts can sometimes feel treacly and a little too easy. Still, it's nice to see social issues addressed at an appropriate level for this age group -- and refreshing to find a children's TV series set somewhere other than the United States. The cast is multiracial, although the focus is primarily on the white characters. Scout herself is intelligent and likeable, if a bit bland. But the show's interesting setting makes up for that. If you have a half hour to spend, this show is a worthwhile investment.

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