Teletubbies (2016)

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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'90s characters again delight tots with gentle adventures.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Basic prereading skills such as counting and simple words, plus cause and effect.

Positive Messages

The series caters to very young kids' sense of wonder about the world and how things in it work. The themes are simple and illustrated in both a real-life way (a child waters plants in the garden, for example) and a magical one (watering objects such as hats and bags in the Teletubbies' world makes them grow, too). Good examples of cooperative play and friendship.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Teletubbies are good friends who enjoy being together and experiencing the simple joys in life. They're curious and mischievous (in a fun-loving way), and they're always willing to lend a helping hand.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The Teletubbies brand has made its mark on a lot of merchandise for kids, including toys, clothing, games, and accessories.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Teletubbies reintroduces Tinky Winky, Po, Laa-Laa, and Dipsy to young viewers with improved animation and new adventures. The magical creatures (no one really knows what they are, even this time around) live in a curious land where objects rise up out of the ground to help guide their play, and they can watch videos of human kids on their belly screens. The stories have very simple and broad themes (using a watering can, for instance), which plays out in a point-of-view video of a child or children and then is explored by the Teletubbies in their magical world. While the show's examples of cooperative play, wonder, and simple joys are gentle and pleasing, the creatures can still be a little grating to parents watching along. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySarah L. March 11, 2017

Big concern for our next generation!

Have seen this show with my baby for a while. I just realized I can't take it anymore. I'm started to concern what's our next generation will hav... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byDigiGoggleHeadBoy August 5, 2016

My childhood has come back!

When I was 2-4 this show was on PBS Kids and I loved it so much! And this remake is awesome! The only problems I have is that the episodes are shorter and they... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bysammyds1228Yo June 7, 2016

this reboot proves that originals are the best!

I think they changed EVERYTHING!!!! Po is like the old Laa Laa! Naughty and cruel! Laa Laa is Like the old Po. Nice, Kind and quiet! Dipsy is like the Old Tinky... Continue reading

What's the story?

The colorful British characters who first made their mark on tots in the late '90s return to TV in an updated version of TELETUBBIES. Tinky Winky (Jeremiah Krage), Laa-Laa (Rebecca Hyland), Dipsy (Nick Chee Ping Kellington), and Po (Rachelle Beinart) pick up right where they left off, playing, exploring, and being generally silly in the magical Teletubbyland. With touchscreen bellies that play videos of real children engaged in everyday activities, the Teletubbies learn by performing similar tasks with magical results in their own world. A narrator (Daniel Rigby) puts words to their actions, and the sun (with a baby's face in the center) rises and sets on their days.

Is it any good?

Subtlety rules the day in the changes to this series, but the show's focus on play and adventure, and the general sense of childish delight that marked the original, still stand out. The Teletubbies remain somewhat polarizing characters who are magnetic to very young kids but often unpalatable to their parents, and therein lies the rub. Because the show is geared toward babies and toddlers, and it's often off-putting to parents, it's not prime watch-together fare.

That said, the Teletubbies are the colorful, plush embodiment of childhood joy, finding happiness in simple experiences such as splashing in puddles, running in the grass, and laughing together. Their curiosity about the world helps them learn new things, and they're gentle and kind with one another. Kids certainly could do worse as far as role models are concerned.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes the Teletubbies the same and what makes them different. What do they also have in common with the children in their videos? With you?

  • The Teletubbies are an active bunch, forever hopping, rolling, running, and jumping around. Encourage your kids to mimic what they see the characters do on the screen. Why is it important to stay active? How does exercising make you feel?

  • How do the characters show that they're friends? What small expressions of kindness can you share with your family and friends?

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