Super WHY!

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Young heroes' adventures build reading skills.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 125 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 38 reviews

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Educational Value

The series introduces preschoolers to early literacy skills like letter identification, letter sounds, simple spelling, and word recognition.

Positive Messages

The series emphasizes the importance of problem solving, teamwork, communication, and compassion -- as well as learning literacy skills.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The four main characters are a diverse, curious group who work well together as a team, respect each other, and are always willing to help others.

Violence & Scariness

Some extremely mild suspense/peril as the heroes go about their adventures.

Sexy Stuff

Some limited merchandise including a partnership with Post Alpha Bits cereal.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's no objectionable content in Super WHY!, which focuses on building preschoolers' early literacy skills. This animated educational series teaches kids lessons in friendship, teamwork, and respect, as well as how to identify words and letters. Young viewers are encouraged to interact with the lively characters, whose travels through classic storybooks like The Three Little Pigs builds on kids' familiarity with popular stories.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjohncb81 July 24, 2013

Super Why - Promotes whining and other inappropriate/undesirable behaviors

Are parent's actually watching this show? I'm dumbfounded by the amount of reviews that praise Super Why for providing positive role models to childr... Continue reading
Adult Written bymom&teacher January 29, 2012

more than just a time waster!

I'm a teacher who specializes in literacy and I applaud the use of differentiation in teaching early reading skills that I find in "Super Why!"
-... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byfunkyrooster707 April 2, 2013


this encourages kids to watch tv instead read a book
Kid, 11 years old November 22, 2014

"Super-big" problem? I don't think so!

This show promotes reading, spelling, and vocabulary. However, all of this is for reasons that are usually stupid.

Princess Pea: I can't play on the... Continue reading

What's the story?

When problems arise in Storybrook Village, it's up to the SUPER WHY! Super Readers -- Red (of Little Red Riding Hood fame), Littlest Pig (The Three Little Pigs), Princess Pea (The Princess and the Pea) and Whyatt Beanstalk (Jack's little-known younger brother) -- to don superhero attire and save the day. Once transformed into their alter egos, they leap into the pages of books to gather lessons that will help them solve problems. Each Reader is equipped with a special reading-based skill that helps the team overcome obstacles. Whether it's the ability to transform objects by changing a letter in their name ("wall" to "ball," for instance) or the power to replace words in the story with synonyms or antonyms, each team member lends his or her individual talent to the group's work.

Is it any good?

Kids are sure to enjoy this series for its energetic characters and vibrant illustrations, and parents will love its strong educational angle and the positive messages it sends kids about reading and learning.

Not only does this inviting animated series encourage preschoolers to expand their early literacy skills through interactive reading, word games, and spelling challenges, Super WHY! also draws comparisons between the lessons in classic tales like The Three Little Pigs and real-world troubles that kids will easily relate to. The stories' morals also remind youngsters that many problems can be resolved by communication and compassion.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about letters, letter sounds, and other reading skills. Kids: What letters do you know? What sounds do they make? What letters are in your name? How do letter sounds combine to make a word?

  • Parents can reinforce what preschoolers learn from this show by reading to them, practicing the alphabet, and pointing out simple words they see everyday.

  • How do the characters in Super WHY! demonstrate communication and curiosity? What about compassion and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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