A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Live-action segments of the show provide some educational value. Preschoolers are exposed to social-emotional learning skills, pre-reading skills, and some simple life skills. Imagination is a theme of the show. Repetition of words and sounds occurs frequently.
Harmony, friendship, and fun are important. Always be kind to others. Playing outside and being active are good ways to learn.
Positive Role Models
The Teletubbies are all positive role models. They are good friends to one another and embrace the joy in life's simplest experiences. They are imaginative, fun-loving, silly, and kind.
Live-action segments of the show, called "Tummy Tales" features real children from around the world. They are different races, ages, religions, and skin tones. Children with disabilities are also represented. The baby playing the sun changes in each episode, allowing for more diversity. The show is narrated by Titus Burgess, who is Black.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Teletubbies on Netflix is another reboot of the 1990s classic of the same name. Like the original, the series follows four colorful and joyful creatures, who live in an enchanting world -- Teletubbyland. They take joy in experiencing life's smallest adventures, and invite viewers to join along with them. Each episode runs 15 minutes and has a simplistic storyline that includes animation and live-action segments. The show is intended for the streamer's youngest audience; it isn't ideal for a co-viewing experience with adults, due to the show's simple and repetitive nature.
Is It Any Good?
This show has retained its classic elements of simplicity, repetition, and small adventures. What the newest version of Teletubbies has that others have lacked is diversity. The Sun Baby changes each day and the live-action shots showcase diverse children from around the world. The pacing of the show doesn't make for a fun viewing experience for adults, but children three and under are likely to enjoy.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.