The Big Comfy Couch

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Gentle, low-tech show with a good heart.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 14 reviews

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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 byGreenBeans912 February 17, 2019

Don't be fooled by the goofy Clowns, this show has disturbing sexual references

Let me start by saying that I used to watch this show as a child, and recently stumbled across it on YouTube Kids while browsing through old shows with my husba... Continue reading
Parent Written byHeather M. July 9, 2019
Teen, 15 years old Written byGregoryMccormick123 June 24, 2014

I miss The Big Comfy Couch!

As a baby and kid, I absolutely LOVED it. I still love it as much as I did back then. It's so colorful, the characters were very likeable, it was fun to wa... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySwim3456 April 5, 2013

I used to love this show, even though now i find it creepy

I was in love with this show when i was a kid. I would beg my parents to let me watch it, even though they thought it was really weird. Even though now i look b... Continue reading

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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