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The Big Comfy Couch

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
The Big Comfy Couch TV Poster Image
Gentle, low-tech show with a good heart.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids will learn lessons in social skills such as cooperation, teamwork, and more.

Positive Messages

Positive values are stressed -- cooperation, sharing, respect, etc.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are consistently upbeat, cheerful, and helpful to each other. When they make mistakes, they learn their lessons gracefully.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this old-fashioned live-action kids' series ruminates gently on real-world challenges such as being kind to people or having patience.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byaddie_123 April 9, 2008


This is a really good show for kids!(how could it SCARE anyone?)
Parent of an infant, 2, and 5 year old Written byspirited_mama November 6, 2009

A toddler classic

My two-year old daughter loves this show. Lunette and her dolly certainly appeal to her. She loves the dust bunnies and the 10-second tidy certainly helps to ge... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

This scares me

I remember seeing this and it creeped me out
Kid, 11 years old August 20, 2010

this show is CREEPY!

this show used to creep me out when i was a little kid and it still does!

What's the story?

Relying heavily on viewers to put their imaginations to active use, THE BIG COMFY COUCH is a live-action show centering around the adventures of Loonette, a teenaged clown who sings, dances, tells stories, hangs out with her family, and plays with her dolls on the oversized sofa that gives the show its name.

Is it any good?

Those just tuning in to The Big Comfy Couch will probably be tempted to switch channels and look for fare more dazzling to the eye. The cheesy costumes, amateurish makeup, and extremely rudimentary sets are unappealing when compared with stunning new-style kids' shows like The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron.

But there's something endearingly chintzy about the show, too, with its reliance on imagination and pretending that hearkens back to old-school '70s kids' shows like Captain Kangaroo and The New Zoo Review. Parents should give The Big Comfy Couch a chance: Whereas the new shows are bing-bang-boom attention-grabbing eye-candy, there's a sweetness and gentleness to The Big Comfy Couch that parents will appreciate -- and a slowness that's calming to kids raised on short-attention-span televised junk food.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about issues that are brought up in each episode and relate them to their own family.

  • How can we treat other people with kindness? Why is it a good idea to cooperate with family members?

  • What does respect look like, and why do we show it to others?

  • What mistakes does Loonette make, and what does she learn from them?

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