The Hive

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Friendly, curious bees have great messages for preschoolers.

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age 16+
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Educational value

The show gives kids a very basic introduction to the insect world, reflecting their habitats and habits (bees live in a hive, spiders spin webs, that sort of thing) and assigning specific jobs to each based on their unique characteristics. The characters' interactions also give kids a sense of how different members of a community work together.

Positive messages

Kids learn about the ups and downs of friendship, sibling relationships, school life, and many daily adventures that relate to preschoolers' lives. Empathy is a major theme. Each story centers on an emotional theme like jealousy, anger, or worry, and Buzzbee analyzes and copes with his feelings in age-appropriate ways that set good examples for kids.

Positive role models & representations

Buzzbee and his friends aren't perfect, and their actions sometimes cause grief for their parents and for each other, but they acknowledge when they've done something wrong and work hard to set things right. Most of the time, though, they're friendly, helpful, and caring toward others. There are lots of grown-ups present in the young characters' lives -- including parents, teachers, and neighbors -- and they all take an active role in helping guide their decisions and their actions.

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The series is tied to learning games, apps, and toys featuring the characters.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Hive is an adorable preschool series about a lively colony of bees who live, play, and learn together. Preschoolers are sure to enjoy the stories that deal thoughtfully with issues like fear, jealousy, and solving problems, and parents will love that the messages that emerge teach kids about dealing with their emotions in a positive way that strengthens the relationships in their lives.

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What's the story?

THE HIVE is a CGI-animated series from the UK that follows the adventures of a young bee named Buzzbee who lives with his family and friends in Honeybee Hive. Whether he's at home, at school, or playing with his sisters, Rubee and Babee, and his friends Jasper and Barnabee, Buzzbee finds that his adventures often lead to trouble of one kind or another. Fortunately he's got loving parents and a community of interesting characters who are always ready to guide him in the right direction.

Is it any good?

It's impossible not to like this vibrant series about chubby little bee kids whose jovial escapades are so in tune with preschoolers' natural curiosity and sense of mischief. The stories are true to real life, too, since their actions often have troubling consequences that hurt them or those around them. Through the characters' experiences, kids learn what it's like to be on the receiving end of teasing or sense the unhappiness that accompanies an argument with a sibling, and they will absorb the stories' excellent examples of coping with these kinds of issues is positive ways.

All things being even, though, none of this fantastic content would reach its young audience without the beautiful CGI packaging that makes it so enticing to young kids, and you'll see the finer details (hexagonal honeycomb patterns carried through the backgrounds of scenes, unique personalities given to the different insect characters) that might escape your kids' notice but that contribute to the completeness of this thoughtful show. Want another reason to like it? By personifying the traditionally "scary" bugs, The Hive might encourage your tots' interest in and respect for even the tiniest faces of nature.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about relationships. Who are the most important people (or bugs) in Buzzbee's life? How does he show them that he cares about them in The Hive? How does his relationship with his family compare to your own?

  • Kids: Do you like bugs? Are there any that you think are scary? What about them makes you feel that way? Why are these characteristics important to their survival?

  • Take this opportunity to get outside and take a closer look at nature with your kids. What jobs do the different creatures have? How would the world be different if they weren't around?

  • How do the characters in The Hive demonstrate empathy? Why is this an important character strength?

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