The Good Night Show

Common Sense Media says

Say goodnight with this evening soother.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Not curriculum-based, but preschoolers will learn important social skills like sharing.

Positive messages

The host promotes sharing and other good behavior.

Positive role models

The host is positive, relatable, and kid friendly.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this three-hour block of hosted programming is designed to wind kids down after a busy day (although opinion is divided on whether that's the best way to get ready for bed). The host and other characters successfully combine kid-friendly, soothing activities with stellar preschool TV shows.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

THE GOOD NIGHT SHOW, Sprout's evening block of programming designed for preschoolers getting ready for bed, features episodes from favorite shows such as Kipper, Pingu, Thomas and Friends, Dragon Tales, Angelina Ballerina, and Sagwa, among others. Between episodes, the host (along with friends like Star and Lucy the Firefly) integrates poems, lullabies, songs, games, crafts, and stretches into the evening. Kids are encouraged to participate in all of the engaging activities, but they're designed to ultimately have a calming effect so kids will be ready to say "good night" once the TV is turned off.

Is it any good?

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Sample show activities include games like charades, silly songs such as "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes," poems about pets, stories about sharing, and -- at the end of every episode -- a good night tale. Cool crafts -- such as drawing mixed-up pets -- are fun and easy to make with the help of a "big sprout" (parents can find directions for crafts featured on The Good Night Show on Sprout's Web site). Future episodes will incorporate even more learning-based activities, including yoga and Spanish and sign language lessons. When watching The Good Night Show, expect slowly executed learning activities and games.

Even though The Good Night Show features a three-hour line-up, parents can easily monitor how much they want their kids to watch. Each "episode" from one of the featured shows is a single, commercial-free segment surrounded by opening and closing credits. That means each program runs between 5 and 10 minutes, rather than half an hour. This approach offers a good balance for kids who don't want to miss out on their favorite program and parents who don't want their kids watching too much TV. (Plus, if kids argue for "just one more" episode before going to bed, parents know that within a few short minutes, it'll be over.) Most kids will outgrow this show by the time they're 5, but the speech and overall approach are wonderfully paced for toddlers and preschoolers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about preparing for bed. What do you do to get ready for bed?

  • How can you wind down after a busy day? Is TV a good calm-down option? What are some other quiet, pre-bed activities?

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
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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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Parent of a 1, 3, and 8 year old Written bytoetoern March 16, 2009
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2
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FINALLY!...

....when you are trying to lie down for bedtime watch something on TV with your little ones .. you know you can always count in Sprout ! please keep up the good work ... my three boys always know they can put it on sprout anytime and theres something good to watch ; and parents we dont have to worry about what "might " come on that may be inappropriate; I see in no way that it keeps my boys from going to bed , or sleep; WE LOVE SPROUT GOOD NIGHT SHOW!
Adult Written bylcm0709 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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My son's favorite way to start his wind down to bedtime

The host (Nina) and Star are engaging and soothing at the same time -- a difficult thing to do and they do it well. The cartoons they show in between segments are also soothing and calming. There is nothing sweeter than the goodnight songs sung to hush the fish and the little sproutlets watching. I also like how you don't have to watch all 2 hours (which I would not want my son watching 2 hours of TV) but you can pick up at any point and feel like you are getting the full experience. PBS Sprout really does preschool programming well and this, in my opinion, is the cream of the crop.
Kid, 11 years old January 24, 2011
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2
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e.g. Perfect for preschoolers, older kids might think it is silly

My sister watches it before bed every night. Nina and Star teach you spanish and are very calm to help settle down a preschooler. They encourage you to do your best and play games and sing songs
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