Parents' Guide to

Tayo the Little Bus

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Animated charmer features positive messages -- and farts.

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age 4+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 3+


The very first episode alone has so many issues. Here are a few subliminal messages that stood out most: 1. Brown is an ugly color to be. (the car doesn’t get “adopted” from the dealership because she’s tan) 2. You should change your appearance to be happy/be accepted. (the tan car decides to be painted pink, then gets adopted into Tayo’s family by the mechanic she stalked…which leads me to the next point) 3. It’s okay to get into the strange car that was following you. (and the car literally says to the human mechanic “you were nice to me so I followed you” …..uhhhh!?!) 4. It’s okay to talk to strangers about where you live. (literally happens in the same conversation about being followed by the car) Parent to parent, I say nope. We won’t be watching this show.
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age 2+

Some really bad messages

I liked how it is a girl who is the mechanic and in charge of the bus station, so I watched the first episode with my 4yo daughter, but I couldn't even finish it. The gender-normative messaging is everywhere. The girl has super skinny long legs and wears ridiculously short skirts. There is a female car who doesn't get chosen because she isn't a nice colour (kind of a light brown, which my daughter also happens to be!), and is only happy when she gets her colour changed to pink! I feel like this show has missed the last 40 years of trying to create positive female role models and is completely tone deaf. Whatever other positive messages there might be were overwhelmed by these bad ones for me.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12):
Kids say (6):

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.

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