Shaun the Sheep

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
Shaun the Sheep TV Poster Image
Fun critter mischief from Wallace and Gromit crew.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 23 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Characters learn some basic lessons, but overall the show is intended to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Characters learn gentle lessons about fixing the mistakes they make.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are mischievous and get into some mildly naughty situations, but they always set things right.

Violence & Scariness

Very mild, injury-free cartoon stuff: Sheep use a rotund peer as a trampoline, tumble from trees, etc.

Sexy Stuff

Some stories imply romance between animal characters, who mostly cuddle and bat their eyes at each other.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shaun the Sheep is a delightful short-form animated series from the creator of Wallace and Gromit that's appropriate for virtually all ages. The animal characters engage in some mildly naughty behavior (playing football with a cabbage, making a mess of The Farmer's house when he's away), but it's offset by the situational humor, and they always set things right in the end.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 year old Written byHal H July 24, 2012

Well done light entertainment, good heart, but 5 yrs and up

This is definitely above average (often really clever humor), and adults can watch and enjoy without cringing because the kids are watching. Would not let a 3-... Continue reading
Adult Written byMamarootoo March 14, 2012

We all laugh out loud!

Hilarious! My husband and I love this show as much as our 3 and 5 year old daughters do! There is some mildly scary situations, but always quick and funny resol... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byBlue-Bunny July 14, 2011

Adorable!!!

One of the most adorable cartoons I've ever seen. From the creators of Wallace & Gromit, Shaun The Sheep is a really impressive spin-off. Not just... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byBlueSunday October 11, 2010

(I put 2 ratings in 1)

It can get a tad boring, but its a very cute short show, the theme song is catchy, and its neat to see all the mistive he gets into. (And sinse they don't... Continue reading

What's the story?

From the creator of beloved claymation characters Wallace and Gromit comes SHAUN THE SHEEP -- a short-form animated series about a curious young sheep who delights in adventure and enjoys leading his flock into all sorts of mischief. When The Farmer's around, Shaun gives the man no reason to doubt that Shaun is just another follower of the herd. But the minute the unsuspecting man's back is turned, the resourceful young sheep is off in pursuit of fun. Often it's up to faithful sheepdog Bitzer to wrangle the flock -- and help Shaun clean up their mess -- before his owner discovers all isn't as it seems.

Is it any good?

This mini gem of a series will delight viewers of all ages, and its simplicity makes it a good option for sharing with even young kids. Shaun made his debut as the unfortunate victim of Wallace's Knit-o-matic machine in the 1995 short film A Close Shave, and his immediate popularity with fans prompted this series of shorts from creator Nick Park. The great news is that these abbreviated tales lose no ground due to their brevity -- each five-minute episode is packed with the same clever humor and endearing characters that fans have come to expect from Park's work.

While the series doesn't really offer any pointedly positive messages, parents can rest assured: Because Shaun the Sheep makes no attempt to represent reality (Shaun walks upright, and Bitzer wears a hat and a wristwatch), kids will easily see the exaggerated humor in Shaun's mildly naughty behavior and won't be influenced to follow suit.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it takes to be a leader. Who are some of the leaders you know? What makes them good at what they do? Who is a leader in Shaun the Sheep?

  • What qualities are important in being an effective leader? Have you ever been put in a position to lead? How did you feel about that responsibility?

  • Families who've seen the Wallace and Gromit shorts/movies can also discuss what this series has in common with them and how it's different.

TV details

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

For kids who love animals

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate