A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Max, sometimes alongside his two best friends, regularly embarks on different adventures or solves problems caused by Sharkdog. The group must rely on their problem-solving skills, including communication and creativity, to avoid chaos and keep Sharkdog a secret.
The importance of friendship, teamwork, adventure, and creativity are highlighted throughout each story. However, 10-year-old Max is continually hiding Sharkdog and their adventures from his parents, sometimes by avoiding telling them the truth.
Positive Role Models
Max is a positive role model because he displays flexible thinking, hard work, and curiosity in each story. He's committed to saving and protecting his best friend, Sharkdog. But Max is flawed, as he sometimes must hide things from his parents in order to keep Sharkdog.
Emphasizes themes of friendship and collaboration. Three of the show's recurring characters are from diverse cultural backgrounds, but overall the show lacks well-rounded diverse representation.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sharkdog is a fast-paced animated series about a kid named Max (voiced by Liam Mitchell) and his adventures with his new best friend, Sharkdog (Dee Bradley Baker). Sharkdog is (you guessed it!) a mix of a shark and a dog, with the ability to speak and understand Max's commands. Integrating humor, teamwork, and strategy, the show follows Max as he works with his human friends Royce (Aly Mawji) and Olivia (Judy Alice Lee) to try to keep Sharkdog a secret and cover up his many messes. Although it's not based in clear educational concepts, the show is adventure-filled and fun.
Is It Any Good?
This animated series provides viewers with adventure-packed and funny storylines. Sharkdog has a big presence on-screen, with it's intriguing animation style, bright colors, and fast-paced soundtrack. Sharkdog is not based in academic curriculum, with the exception of problem-solving skills, and the premise of the show revolves around the main character keeping a big secret from his parents. The series is a fun way for kids to be entertained by adventures, and it includes some diverse characters.
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