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The Doc Is In

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Cute special encourages healthy habits like handwashing.

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This charming special is a cute summary of some of the most important health messages Doc McStuffins taught preschool viewers during its long run on TV. It does a great job of explaining things like why sleep is important in a way that is accessible to very young kids. There's not a ton of new material for Doc fans, but kids will like seeing their favorite songs and scenes all in one place (and it's a great introduction to the series for new viewers). The live-action kids and doctors onscreen help make the concepts even more concrete to kids in their real lives.

While the special doesn't explicitly mention Covid-19, it was released to coincide with National Handwashing Awareness Week in the United States during the 2020 pandemic,. By focusing on concrete things that kids can do to stay healthy, it may help young kids feel more in control of their own health during a scary time. It's a bit of a bummer that the health lessons aren't more directly related to Covid, and instead are general good practices that kids should always follow. The doctors do talk a little about wearing a mask and staying away from people if you're sick, but if parents are hoping for something that directly addresses the pandemic, they'll be disappointed.

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