A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The story intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Two Super Monsters expand their emotional awareness as part of story. Lobo learns value of patience. Frankie finds a balance between feeling envious of his friends' good fortune and happy for them for the same reason. Recurring themes of friendship, respect for diversity.
Positive Role Models
Adult characters are involved in kids' experiences and, in a few cases in particular, gently help them identify and cope with emotions in constructive ways.
Products & Purchases
This special is part of the Super Monsters franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Super Monsters Furever Friends introduces a set of animal characters to the cast of the popular Netflix series, pairing the young monsters with pets that complement their personalities. As such, it feels more like an extended advertising ploy for the new animal characters (and the inevitable merchandise to follow) than it does a quality story add-on. Even so, fans will want to tune in, and other than the marked lack of a compelling storyline, there's nothing to cause concern in their doing so. Two characters face challenging emotions that they must wrestle with and overcome, and the show's strong themes of tolerance and friendship continue to be prominent in this story.
Is It Any Good?
This franchise add-on sacrifices a compelling storyline for what its chief objective seems to be: introducing a new group of animal characters to the cast. To be fair, they're adorable, funny, and nicely paired to the diverse personalities among the Super Monsters, but because of the time it takes to add them to the mix, the overall story gets shortchanged, leaving Super Monsters Furever Friends to feel like an extended ad campaign for the items sure to hit the toy shelves.
That said, the show's young fans won't be bothered at all by this, and the special does present two characters who hone valuable social-emotional skills in the course of the story, in both cases with the help of adults who work with the kids to identify and understand some complicated feelings. The bottom line? Furever Friends isn't the best that the Super Monsters franchise has to offer, but kids who already know and like the show will want to see how the characters and their new animal friends come to meet.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.