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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Quirky characters overshadow messages in floundering show.

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age 5+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 4+

GREAT SHOW FOR YOUNGER KIDS - with strong female character

I think this is an excellent show for children between the ages of 4-8. The stories are fun but always have a message about friendship, teamwork, responsibility and self-respect. I think the comment above about the quirky characters is a little too sensitive. There is absolutely no bad language, violence or inappropriate behavior. Were it anymore "toned down" the characters would only preach and not entertain. I also disagree about the girls. ONE is stereotypical, but she is a minor character compared to Connie who is strong, intelligent, independent and respected by all the boys for her intelligence and abilities.
age 5+

The characters need work.

I don't like this show because its characters are based on stereotypes. The characters are classified by boy/girl hobbies and say to little kids, girls are always into makeup and singing while boys are into skateboarding and rock and roll. The show has some good values, but I don't like that the characters have only gender dominant traits.

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Youthful sea creatures and brightly colored visuals aside, this ocean-set show is no Finding Nemo. The cast is a mish-mash of strange, exaggerated characters with over-the-top personalities, a few of whom are loud, angry, and rude. While the show does attempt to infuse the stories with kid-friendly messages about self-confidence and respect for diversity, the characters' personas are at times so distracting that their words and actions miss the mark.

What's more, Shelldon struggles to net a clear-cut set of viewers. The characters' highly imaginative nature gears it more for little kids than older ones, but some of the marginal content (name-calling like "dweeb" and clashes with bullies, for instance) aren't age-appropriate for the youngest viewers.

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