The Fixies

TV review by
Natascha Crandall, Common Sense Media
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Little creatures teach STEM subjects in a fun way for kids.

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age 7+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Aims to teach viewers how things in their daily lives work. Characters explore items such as scales, mirrors, vacuums, thermometers, etc. Lays out the mechanics in simple, easy to understand ways with great visuals; supports a STEAM curriculum. But the show's not perfect: Main character does numerous things that should not be mimicked by viewers, such as lying to parents, playing with hairdryers, calling other characters names, and inhaling helium to change his voice, to name a few.

Positive Messages

Main character does not consistently exhibit positive characteristics. However, the Fixies present in the episodes are more positive and offer value by working together and helping others to fix things.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character, Tom, isn't always a great role model as he often does things to help himself rather than others. However, some of the Fixies (Simka and Nolik) are kind and thoughtful characters. One of the Fixies, Verde, however, is a stereotypical girl and only cares about herself and her appearance.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Fixies is an animated preschool show that's visually beautiful and entertaining, and successfully teaches viewers how today's technology and machinery operate and work. The Fixies, creatures who help put things back together, are positive and offer value by working together and helping others to fix things. It's a lot of fun for preschoolers, but parents will want to be aware that sometimes the main character unintentionally models poor or dangerous behavior to viewers, and caution should be used when this is shown to younger audiences.

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Adult Written bySking23 August 22, 2018

Subtle sexism

Other than the somewhat crabby undertone to the dialogue, words like "stupid" that are hard for children not to say at school, I find the gender roles... Continue reading

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What's the story?

That screw you find lying on the floor that goes to something but not sure what it is? That's a FIXIE! This show plays with the idea that these screws found in everyone's living quarters are actually tiny creatures that pop into and out of computers, vacuum cleaners, ovens, and more, to fix things that aren't working right. This show aims to teach viewers how things in their daily lives work. Characters explore items such as scales, mirrors, vacuums, thermometers, etc. 

Is it any good?

This animated show is both educational and entertaining from a STEAM point of view. The Fixies are engaging and humorous, with various personalities, and their adventures clearly teach viewers how things work in a fun way. The episode storylines are also entertaining and interesting to young viewers. While the episodes support a STEAM curriculum and do a fantastic job laying out the mechanics in simple, easy-to-understand ways with great visuals, there are a few issues that pull down this show's educational value. The main character does some things that should not be mimicked by viewers, such as lying to parents, playing with hairdryers, calling other characters names, and inhaling helium to change his voice, to name a few.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the technology and machinery being featured in an episode of The Fixies, and search for additional videos on the workings of those items.

  • Kids: What was the main item that was featured in the episode? Did you know how that item worked before viewing the episode? What types of things did Tom do that should not be done at home?

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