The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That

Common Sense Media says

Funny feline makes natural science fun for kids.





What parents need to know

Educational value

The series answers questions about natural science in a kid-friendly way. Kids learn about the seasons, animal behavior, habitats, and more.

Positive messages

The show encourages kids' curiosity about the natural world, showing them the wonder of exploration and discovery.

Positive role models

All of the characters are inquisitive and enthusiastic about learning. The Cat is known for being mischievous, but he's much more about teaching here.

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 animated series based on The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library book series introduces preschoolers to basic scientific concepts and exploration of the natural world. Kids will follow the discovery process from a question through gathering clues and finally to a conclusion, and the topics will inspire their own curiosity about what they observe in the world around them.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Dr. Seuss’s famous feline sets aside his mischievous ways to teach kids about science, nature, and the thrill of exploring the world around them when he returns to the screen in THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT. In each story, Cat (voiced by Martin Short) and his friends Nick (Jacob Ewaniuk) and Sally (Alexa Torrington) identify a science-related question and start following clues to find an answer. Of course their travels aren’t without unexpected twists and turns, especially when Thing 1 and Thing 2 tag along for the ride.

Is it any good?


Science class has never been as much fun for kids as it is with the Cat in the Hat leading the charge -- he makes it a joy to learn. With his guidance, kids are introduced to concepts like migration, animal classification, and nocturnal behavior, and the characters approach the discovery process with enthusiasm as they piece together clues that will lead them to the answers to their questions.

The great news is that kids will be so absorbed by the Cat’s antics and gadgets -- including a shrinkamadoodle and bigamabooble that let the characters change size at will to better explore even the smallest nook and cranny -- that they won’t even mind that they're watching "educational" TV.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the natural world. Kids: What aspects of nature interest you the most? What do you like to learn about animals? What did you learn from this show?

  • Kids: What questions about science do you have? How would you go about investigating them? What would you expect to learn?

  • What are your favorite things to learn about? What books, games, and other resources do you like to learn from? How do TV shows like this one help you learn?

TV details

Cast:Martin Short, Rob Tinkler
Network:PBS Kids
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Science and nature
TV rating:TV-Y

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Adult Written bySamanthamaster1 December 8, 2014

This is a cartoon that will definitely BOTH educate and entertain young kids.

I love watching this show, even though I already know about science, but, I still watch it for entertainment and the fun, catchy songs they sing. I definitely recommend this show for preschoolers and early elementary students. They teach about the solar system and animal science.
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Kid, 11 years old August 21, 2011

Don't watch this show!

this show is not educational, because the cat uses words that aren't real words, it has bad grammar, and kids might start to use this weird words. It is a very pointless tv show for kids. don't watch it!
Parent of a 4 year old Written byHildsa January 1, 2011
My 4 year old don't miss this show. Cat in the Hat book is his favorite, i can read if for ever and he wants again and again. He loves the show. It is a little bit fast and the noises sometimes are annoying for me, but I try to keep myself entertained as see him jumping and learning stuff
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