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The Backyardigans

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
The Backyardigans TV Poster Image
Animal friends find melodious, kid-friendly adventures.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 68 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 22 reviews

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Educational Value

The show's changing settings introduce kids to different time periods and geographical locations and the cultures, animals, and vegetation indigenous to them.

Positive Messages

The characters' adventures remind kids of the value of imagination and creative play. Even though the different stories sometimes cast the characters as rivals or enemies of sorts, when the role-playing is over, they're always friends again. The Backyardigans are confronted with a problem or a series of stumbling blocks, and it's through teamwork and creativity that they solve them.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The five friends at the center of the story work together to create their mystical backyard landscapes and find their way through musical adventures and challenges. Each character is unique in physical characteristics and emotional traits, which sometimes include less admirable (but age-appropriate) ones such as bossiness and timidity, but they're all good models of friendship at some point. Each episode's story usually illustrates positive qualities such as honesty or kindness through the characters as well.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The Backyardigans' images are found on a range of products marketed to kids, including clothing, accessories, video games, and snack items.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Backyardigans is a popular preschool series that celebrates the value of imaginative play by way of colorful, friendly characters who take on new roles in each episode. As their adventures take them to far-flung countries and through different eras in time, kids get an age-appropriate picture of basic geological and cultural references for the various settings. Song-and-dance routines enhance the show's quality content, which is so enjoyable that it will win over parents as well as kids, so both groups of viewers can relish in these fun, roaming stories.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 and 5 year old Written bytwinzdad August 9, 2010
Let me start by saying I'm not a prude, nor some high and mighty know-it-all. Just a concerned parent. Backyardigans show has some good merits regarding... Continue reading
Parent of a 3 year old Written bymb1000 January 25, 2011

obnoxious behavior and language you don't want your child imitating.

while my 3 1/2 year old likes this show, I have to screen them and there are only a few that I let her watch, due to there is almost always a "mean" c... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byF-Zero studios August 30, 2010
Kid, 12 years old January 11, 2016

This show scares me

The characters are weird, and it's creepy how they teleport to random places. I still have the bad memories.

What's the story?

THE BACKYARDIGANS is set in the neighborhood of its five main animal characters: Austin (voiced by Jonah Bobo), Pablo (Jake Goldberg), Uniqua (LaShawn Jeffries), Tasha (Gianna Bruzzesse), and Tyrone (Chris Grant, Jr.). Each story begins with the friends at play in one of their backyards, which evolves into an imagined setting for an epic adventure. Recent episodes have transported the Backyardigans to ancient Egypt, the underwater city of Atlantis, the Canadian frontier, and the vastness of outer space, where they must tackle some sort of problem and fend off enemies both familiar and unfamiliar. When the dust settles, it's back to real life as kids in their neighborhood.

Is it any good?

This vibrant preschool series has won over fans of all ages with its endearing stories and fantastic incorporation of music and dance. Each episode plays out like a mini-musical with a handful of unique songs interspersed throughout the day's story. Because they're acted out by the Backyardigans themselves, kids can easily make the distinction between what's real (at least for the characters) and what's make-believe, and this can translate to new inspiration for their own imaginative play.

As the stories evolve, kids also see other positive qualities demonstrated through the characters, such as conflict resolution, effective communication, and creative problem-solving. And because their settings are constantly changing and the show pays close attention to how it portrays different places and cultures, there's also an appealing educational element to the stories. The bottom line? It's not always easy to find a show you like as much as your youngsters do, but The Backyardigans definitely has the potential to fit that bill.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Backyardigans' many adventures. What places and/or time periods did they visit? How were their surroundings different there? What problems arose for them? How did they solve them?

  • Kids: In what ways can differences between friends be a good thing? What are some traits you really admire in your friends?

  • Parents can use the premise of this show to encourage imaginative play with their kids. Pretend you're visiting another place or time, and draw pictures of what you and your surroundings might look like. What sights would you see? What kinds of food would be customary?

  • How do the characters on The Backyardigans demonstrate teamwork? Why is this an important character strength?

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