Stella and Sam

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Charming siblings' adventures have teaching points for kids.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Many of their adventures incorporate learning points for preschoolers through the characters' experiences with nature, animals, and daily life. Others are rooted in pure imagination (space exploration or travels to other countries) but still have some educational value parents and kids can build on later.

Positive Messages

Kids see two siblings not only getting along but enjoying each other's company as they embark on imaginative adventures together. There's no rivalry or roughhousing here; Stella and Sam's relationship is all about patience, loyalty, and compassion.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adults are absent from the stories, but Stella is a good stand-in as a role model for her little brother. When he's worried, she calms his fears; when he has a question, she answers it; when he's looking for adventure, she's there to blaze the path. In other words, theirs is the sibling relationship parents wish for their kids.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The show is inspired by a popular book series and is accompanied by an app geared toward kids.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Stella and Sam is a TV series based on Marie-Louise Gay's popular book characters. At its heart is a delightful relationship between siblings who enjoy each other's company and set off on adventures together. Sam's trepidation over new experiences will resonate with some preschoolers, but he always finds a sense of security in his big sister's presence, which has great messages for brothers and sisters in the audience. Adults are absent from the stories because they're told from the kids' point of view, which invites big, imaginative adventures kids will love. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2-year-old Written bycmdcasey212 November 4, 2013

Stella and Sam is a surefire classic!

My son and I love Stella and Sam - each episode tells a sweet tale lead by an adorable sibling pair that are imaginative and curious and extremely friendly. I... Continue reading
Adult Written byRgreenwald December 10, 2020


This show is so dark and definitely NOT for children under 4 or 5!
Kid, 12 years old March 28, 2021

I love it!

I used to watch it a lot and i loved it, if i have kids when im older i would want them to watch it

What's the story?

STELLA AND SAM centers on the adventures of siblings Stella (voiced by Rachel Marcus), an irrepressible redhead with an insatiable curiosity, and Sam (Miles Johnson), her shy younger brother. Each day is a new opportunity for these two to explore new places and learn new things, whether it's in their own backyard or as far away as the moon. They're usually joined on their journeys by their happy-go-lucky dog, Fred (Tony Daniels).

Is it any good?

Stella and Sam sums up the very best aspects of childhood. Stella's curiosity leads the pair to new adventures, which never fail to teach them something new, and they often make new friends along the way. What's more, the siblings' polar personalities broaden their appeal by ensuring that kids will identify with at least one of the characters. Even better, siblings get to see an ideal brother-sister relationship at work in a natural way that enhances, rather than detracts from, the overall story.

Because the series takes such care in staying true to the books' illustration style and storytelling pace, it works well as either an add-on for existing Stella and Sam devotees or an introduction for newcomers to the characters that can transfer back to the books. Either way, it's a delightful choice for parents and their preschoolers, and it's bound to generate some questions from curious kids about how the world around them works.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Stella and Sam's adventures. Where do their journeys take them? How are these places similar to and different from your own surroundings? What did they learn by visiting new places?

  • Kids: How does Stella and Sam's relationship compare to yours with your own siblings? Do they ever have disagreements on the show? Do you think this is a realistic view of any siblings? How do you resolve your differences with your brothers and sisters?

  • Families can use this series to inspire their own explorations and field trips. Take a nature walk, visit a museum, or learn about different animals at a zoo or an aquarium. Discuss how different elements of nature coexist. Learn about astronomy and view the stars through a telescope. Which aspects of science are your favorites to study? Why?

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