The Chica Show

Common Sense Media says

Lively show combines great messages, pint-size dress-up fun.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids learn that imaginative play is a great way to express themselves and to look at problems from a different point of view. Positive social messages abound in the content and in the characters' relationships.

Positive messages

In each episode, the characters face a problem that reflects something that's going on in Chica's life. In solving that problem through their imagined adventures, they discover how the lessons they learn can transfer to the real world as well. Common themes include making friends, doing chores, being polite, and caring for others.

Positive role models

Chica's parents are a constant presence in her life, but her adventures away from them through make-believe allow her to explore solutions to problems on her own or with her friends. Either way, she's guided by people who care about her and help her make good decisions.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Chica also stars in The Sunny Side Up Show and has inspired a small collection of toys and accessories.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Chica Show stars Chica, the chipper host of Sprout's The Sunny Side Up Show, so kids who know and love her will want to tune in. The characters' imaginative play doubles as a teacher of tot-size life lessons about being a good friend, taking responsibility for your actions, and respecting grown-ups. The show's unique filming style combines live-action and animated sequences, helping little ones differentiate between real life and make-believe and catering to the series' sense of adventure and fun.

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What's the story?

THE CHICA SHOW is a preschool series built around Chica the chicken, a popular character from The Sunny Side Up Show. In it, Chica helps her mom and dad in their store, the Costume Coop, which transforms into a stage for her imagination after hours. Joined by a colorful cast of friends -- including a ragdoll named Stitches (voiced by Mario Lopez), who comes to life when the store closes -- Chica explores far-off places and unusual experiences, inspired by the costumes she dons.

Is it any good?


Chica's popularity with preschool viewers earned her the title role in this lively show that takes kids on adventures of Chica's creation and teaches them about relationships, manners, and responsibility. The show blends animation and live-action sequences to help differentiate between Chica's real world and her imagined one, and the distinction goes a long way in clarifying the two platforms for tots.

Colorful characters and delightful stories will hold preschoolers' attention for the duration of the show, ensuring that the age-appropriate social messages hit their mark. Tagging along with Chica, kids will see good examples of solving problems, getting along with others, and expressing kindness, as well as the effects of this positive behavior on everyone involved.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the characters' adventures. Where do their costumes take them? What do they learn from the people they meet? 

  • Kids: How do the problems Chica and her friends experience compare to what you find in your daily life? Would you handle their situations any differently than they do? What did you learn from their stories?

  • Kids: Do you like to play make-believe? Where do you imagine you are? Are you someone different when you're there? What toys or costumes do you have that help you imagine this new place?

TV details

Cast:Mario Lopez
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Puppets
TV rating:TV-Y

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Parent of a 1 year old Written byandrea1992 May 3, 2013


My daughter loves this show, and I love watching it with her. Chica is adorable and Kelly is a good host. Each episode teaches teamwork, and self-worth.
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