Sheriff Callie's Wild West

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Friendly frontier town teaches kids about strong character.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

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Educational value

The show reinforces social skills that help preschoolers navigate relationships with friends and siblings and understand the difference between right and wrong.

Positive messages

Positive qualities such as sportsmanship, sharing, compassion, teamwork, and honesty are central to the stories, which are easily understood by a preschool audience. Doing the right thing always yields happiness, whereas making the wrong choice leads to unhappiness and injured friendships. Another theme common to all of the stories is a sense of community, and the characters are always shown helping each other and completing tasks that make their town a better place to be. Reversed gender roles make Callie (a girl) the sheriff and Peck (a boy) her deputy.

Positive role models & representations

Callie is honest and fair and always concerns herself with other people's feelings. When conflict arises, she devises creative resolutions that show, rather than tell, kids why strong character is important and gives them examples of how they can use these social skills in their own relationships. All the characters are positive role models at one time or another; even though they don't always make the right choice the first time around, when faced with their mistakes, they make adjustments.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sheriff Callie's Wild West teaches preschoolers about being good friends and citizens through the adventures of a colorful cast of animal characters in an Old West setting. Each story sees one character faced with a choice between doing the right thing and doing the easy thing, the latter of which always has negative consequences like mistrust or hurt feelings, until the instigator makes amends. Catchy songs and the show's cute incorporation of its Old West theme give this show real flair, and the fact that it casts a pink boots-wearing girl as the town sheriff goes a long way to bridge the gender gap as well.

User Reviews

Parent of a 3 year old Written byJKS442 March 3, 2014

Daughter loves it but I spent a lot of time explaining bad behavior unaddressed by the show

First let me say mu daughter LOVES this show! She pretends to be Sherrif Callie all the time and it had led to some great imaginary games when we play together... Continue reading
Parent Written byWinnie818 July 13, 2014

Sheriff Callie Wild West

My 3 year old really loves this show. It teaches lessons and keeps their interest.
Kid, 12 years old July 26, 2016

Really cute show

I remember when this show came out. It was so funny and cute and had good songs and characters. I like the bandits cause they always get busted. Toby and Peck a... Continue reading

What's the story?

SHERIFF CALLIE'S WILD WEST is set in Nice and Friendly Corners, a quaint frontier town that's home to a menagerie of neighbors and overseen by the kindly Sheriff Callie (voiced by Mandy Moore), a calico cat with a magic lasso and a big heart. Each day gives Callie the opportunity to lend a paw to a friend in need, whether it's by fixing a crumbling bridge or demonstrating the importance of being a good sport. If there's trouble in her town, Sheriff Callie is the one to call, and she's often flanked by her trusty deputy, Peck, and his best friend, Toby.

Is it any good?

Preschool TV has come a long way in the past decade or so, introducing kids to wild animals, works of art, and the wonders of science, to name a few scenes. But the Wild West is a new setting for this age group, and Sheriff Callie and crew make it a delightful little jaunt to this genre. Of course, the vibrant animation gives it more of a new feel than an old one, and kids won't pick up on the fun twists on classics like a town saloon (this one serves milk shakes) and dueling (a horseshoe game, that is), but if parents find themselves tuning in, they'll appreciate this attention to detail.

As for kids, the details that benefit them relate to the careful construction of stories that teach important lessons about character. Every aspect of the show –- right down to cameos from a trio of singing prairie dogs -– is designed to reinforce that day's theme, and the stories put characters in situations that kids can relate to, giving them a set of social skills they can apply to their real-world experiences. And because this happens at the hands of darling critter characters, it's an easy sell for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the characters in Sheriff Callie's Wild West solve problems. Do they go it alone? When do friends step in to help? What do they learn about the value of positive relationships? Do you find the same thing is true in your life?

  • Kids: Have you had an experience in which honesty was the best policy? Do you find it rewarding to share? How do you feel when your actions hurt other people's feelings? How do you fix things when that happens?

  • What are some of your other favorite TV characters? How do they model positive behavior? Do you ever question their actions? Do you always learn something from the shows you watch?

  • How do the characters in Sheriff Callie's Wild West demonstrate compassion and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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