The Big Comfy Couch

 
Gentle, low-tech show with a good heart.

What parents need to know

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

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

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
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This scares me

I remember seeing this and it creeped me out
Adult Written byaddie_123 April 9, 2008
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This is a really good show for kids!(how could it SCARE anyone?)
Kid, 11 years old August 20, 2010
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this show is CREEPY!

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

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