Special Agent Oso

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Friendly panda's missions send good messages to kids.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 22 reviews

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Educational Value

The series encourages interaction with its preschool viewers and weaves age-appropriate skills like shape recognition, spatial relationships, and problem solving into the plot.

Positive Messages

The show is constantly reinforcing its primary (and very positive message): the joy of helping others. Oso is always cheerful about lending a helping paw.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Oso never hesitates to help a friend in need, and he uses a variety of tools -- including his own resourcefulness and perseverance -- to work through problems. He listens to directions and applies the skills he learns in training to the everyday challenges he encounters.

Violence & Scariness

Oso's occasional tumbles (down a mountainside during a climb, for instance) never result in injury.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Special Agent Oso encourages preschoolers to solve puzzles as the main character helps kids work through everyday challenges like brushing their teeth and learning to use the library. Age-appropriate skills like shape recognition, chronology, and spatial relationships are emphasized within the context of the plot, so kids learn while they enjoy the stories. The show's best quality is its positive message about the joy to be found in helping others.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byalnumani December 19, 2010

Bad show, very bad...

Why are there checklists? Its seems to me like this show is teaching kids this: YOU cant do anything on your own, YOU need someone to do show you how to do anyt... Continue reading
Adult Written byLovealways01 January 3, 2020

Great

People get so offended I hat this generation for once let a child have fun it’s a good show it teaches them to make stuff and ask for help
Kid, 12 years old February 5, 2012

Remember when shows like this had effort?

This show is terrible.
It basically tells kids:
"Hyuk, if you pout long enough and don't ask for help a bear will come into your room and help you!... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bydrblue91 July 6, 2011

Great for 204, but stupid show overall

It is a good should for kids 2-4, but older kids think it is stupid. Why? Well, he makes toooo many stupid mistakes, and Oso doesn't know how to do anythi... Continue reading

What's the story?

In SPECIAL AGENT OSO, a caring panda named Oso (voiced by Sean Astin) comes to the aid of kids who need help with everyday troubles like cleaning their room, finding a lost item, and planning a special surprise. As part of an international organization of helpful stuffed animals, Oso is always ready to lend a hand -- er, paw -- to the kids he meets, and his assignments let him exercise the skills he learns under the guidance of senior agents Wolfie (Phil Lewis) and Dotty (Amber Hood). Armed with a ready supply of high-tech gadgets -- including perky virtual assistant Paw Pilot (Meghan Strange) -- Oso is prepared for anything and can solve problems of any size.

Is it any good?

Oso is a welcome hero for every kid who's ever envisioned her cuddly teddy bear as a living, breathing best friend. He's the consummate champion for the kids he helps, and preschoolers will relate to the characters' troubles and benefit from seeing how they and Oso follow simple steps to fix them.

Special Agent Oso's interactive format encourages kids to think independently of the characters and try to solve problems on their own, and the educational content ensures that they'll pick up important preschool skills along the way.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about solving problems in Special Agent Oso. Kids: What kinds of problems do you encounter during a typical day? How do you try to solve them yourself? What tools do you use to help?

  • How do you feel when you solve a problem on your own? Who do you turn to for help when you can't do something on your own?

  • How do the characters in Special Agent Oso demonstrate perseverance? Why is this an important character strength?

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