Teletubbies

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Fantastical, benign show meant for the very young.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 45 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 80 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

While not obviously educational, there are some bits that might introduce new ideas, especially the live-action segments that feature kids from different parts of the world showing a bit of their world -- like how they milk goats or bake muffins.

Positive Messages

The series sends the most basic messages of harmony, friendship, and fun and introduces basic learning concepts, such as numbers and words.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Teletubbies are pleasant and helpful to each other. The live-actions segments show a diverse group of kids doing interesting things.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language

The teletubbies speak in a giggling baby language.

Consumerism

The Teletubbies have spawned a vast array of merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this show out of Great Britain is a big hit with toddlers and preschoolers. It's never explained exactly what the Teletubbies are, but they're ultimately cute and benign. But the question comes down to this: How old should children be before they are introduced to television? The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn't recommend any TV time for kids under 2; that said, there are no content concerns within this show for the youngest viewers.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4-year-old Written bymarykins2004 April 9, 2008

Scary

Although my grandson watched this show once or twice, it was with a troubled look on his face! I object to the chimes
and bells. It appears very regimented,
an... Continue reading
Adult Written byJack H. April 13, 2018

What's wrong with a little genitals

I think that having genitals on your head are completely natural! WHY is their SO MUCH GRIEF about them mating. I think children should be exposed to this stuff... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byGreenMonster2002 July 13, 2014

Teletubbies...not the best show

Teletubbies is a show for little kids but it's not all that educational. Especially if you're trying to teach little Junior to speak in words - the te... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 23, 2014

PLEASE READ

Do not let your younger siblings or children watch this show! My brother watches this show, and it causes confusion to little minds. This show shows terrible co... Continue reading

What's the story?

First and foremost, the obvious question: What are these TELETUBBIES anyway? Aliens? Children? Nobody knows, and no explanation is offered. Dipsy, Laa-Laa, Tinky-Winky, and Po giggle like toddlers, speak in partially formed words, and apparently live together without parents in their mushroom-shaped cottage. They bounce around, playing and pantomiming, and plenty of kids are enthralled by them.

Is it any good?

Teletubbies, though gentle and mild in tone, might be confusing to the youngest viewers: It appeals to non-order just when kids most require order to organize their formative mind. On the other hand, the show is non-violent, multicultural, and curious. It embraces love and play. It's slow and gentle -- though its emphasis on watching the videos that play on the Tubbies' tummies is a bit redundant.

In the end, although Teletubbies is unique and fascinating, it's not necessarily educational or important. You may want to decide whether it serves as a treat -- or a distraction -- before letting your child watch more than twice a week.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why kids are so enthralled by the Teletubbies (and perhaps why a lot of parents aren't!). Is it the colorful characters? Their special language? Their bright, fantastical world? The fact that they repeat themselves so often? What do kids learn from these happy, giggly creatures?

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