Tayo the Little Bus

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Animated charmer features positive messages -- and farts.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Listening, learning how to get on a bus, being honest, and having courage are only a few of the many lessons. 

Positive Messages

Friendship, mentorship, and other positive themes throughout.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Tayo is surrounded by friends and mentors. The mechanics, vehicles, and so on are male and female. 

Violence & Scariness

Occasional, mild bickering. The dangers of speeding and not being careful are discussed. 

Sexy Stuff

Secondary characters resemble a Mercedes-Benz coupe and a Porsche.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tayo the Little Bus offers lots of fun adventures and positive lessons that preschoolers can enjoy and understand. There's some minor bickering among the cast and lots of fart humor, but the focus is on friendship, learning, and doing the right thing.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3-year-old Written byMarc F. January 13, 2019

Beware of the Tayo movie on Amazon Prime.

Everything said here about the TV series “Tayo the Bus” is true, and we think it’s a great show for our 3 year old (and he loves it). However, there is a movie... Continue reading
Parent of a 2-year-old Written bymisterinvisible June 30, 2019

Mostly harmless

This show is fun 98% of the time, but the occasional fantasy episodes about Tayo and his friends fighting giant robots are very out of place. Be sure to read th... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byZoeyLovesUnicorns101 January 24, 2019

I love that show so much!

Well, I always wanted you guys to know my interests on TV shows. My interests are fantasy, mahou shoujo (magical girl), vehicles, trains, youth and sci-fi. My f... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 5, 2018


This show is amazing and educational. It shows you how to be nice to each other and how to behave on the bus, amongst other things. But it doesn't use the... Continue reading

What's the story?

TAYO THE LITTLE BUS is an animated series about Tayo and his fellow electric buses. The flatulent 120 Blue bus is just starting his career in the big city. Luckily, he gets help from the friendly bus mechanic Hana and older double-decker bus Cito. His fellow buses, Green bus Rogi, cheerful Yellow bus Lani, and Gani, a shy and hardworking Red bus, also are supportive. Adding to the fun are vehicles such as Nuri the taxi, Met the subway train, and Rookie, who's new on the police force. 

Is it any good?

Originally developed for South Korea's Educational Broadcasting System, Tayo features a cast of public transit vehicles that most younger children will easily recognize. More importantly, the show's daily adventures are full of teachable moments that reinforce positive and thoughtful behavior. 

Stateside adults might be a little taken aback by the frequent fart jokes, which are more common on Asian television than they are in the U.S. But there also is a genuine charm to the show. Children will certainly enjoy watching while learning along the way. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the lessons Tayo learns while on the job. What mistakes does he make, and how does he learn from them? 

  • Who are some of the people who help him do better? How can we learn from Tayo and his friends?

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