The Mr. Men Show

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Animated sketch 'toon more about fun than lessons.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 30 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The show celebrates self-expression and self-acceptance. But some characters embody negative personality traits like laziness and rude behavior, and there are no repercussions for their actions, which are played for humor.

Violence & Scariness

A few characters are clumsy by nature and so often sport bandages, but injuries themselves aren't shown.

Sexy Stuff

The cartoon is based on a series of kids' books, so young viewers may take a new interest in them (but nothing's wrong with that!).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that each character in this animated sketch comedy based on a popular series of kids books is named for the emotion or personality quirk he or she embodies. Some exhibit positive traits (Little Miss Sunshine or Mr. Happy, for example), but others have less-enviable attributes -- like rudeness, laziness, and messiness. The mix of personalities makes for silly, kid-friendly humor; the show also touches on the challenges of relating to people who are different and celebrates the art of self-expression. On the downside, characters are consistently one-dimensional and never adjust their behavior based on the situation or the others' reactions.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bykungfujohnjon February 28, 2019

Don't open this Pandora's Box

Small children will love these characters and short vignettes, but there is literally nothing intellectually stimulating or edifying about this show. It isn... Continue reading
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byYESH November 1, 2009

Season 2 is more coarse than season 1.

Did anybody hear Mr. Quiet say
"uyghhhhh...what..the..crap" in the episode sand and surf
Kid, 5 years old February 27, 2021

Similar stories to the books

I enjoyed seeing Mr Men on the telly. I also really like the books which I think are better but this is fine too.
Teen, 15 years old Written October 2, 2019

I Changed My Opinion on The Mr. Men Show Last Year in Summer July 2019

I'm Sorry For Not Loving The Mr. Men Show Anymore. I Will Love This Show Forever From This Day Foward. And It's Now Apart of My Childhood. And I Still... Continue reading

What's the story?

In the quirky town of Dillydale, individuality is the name of the game, and residents actually embody the unique traits that make them who they are. From Mr. Happy's (voiced by Sam Gold) unfailing optimism to Little Miss Whoops' (Alicyn Packard) propensity for accidents, there's no shortage of interesting -- and often silly -- happenings when the characters interact. Based on Roger Hargreaves' popular Mr. Men and Little Miss books, this animated sketch comedy series gives young viewers a new perspective on human emotion and interpersonal relationships.

Is it any good?

On the surface, there's a lot to like about this lighthearted cartoon, and the good news is that it has the potential to appeal to kids from preschool through grade school. The bold, "retro" animation and simple storylines play to the attention span of very young viewers, who will easily grasp the basics of how the characters' actions match up with their personalities. (Parents may even find that the show helps them relate certain characters' negative traits -- like Mr. Messy and Mr. Rude -- to their young kids' behavior.) Meanwhile, older children can look deeper into the characters' relationships and figure out how personality differences impact their encounters.

But don't search too hard for meaningful content here: Since the characters never alter their behavior to better suit any situation, the show makes no real attempt to instill values or demonstrate lessons learned. Characters remain consistently one-dimensional, and even those with obvious negative behavior aren't encouraged to change their ways.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characters' different personality traits. How do you know which ones are "good" and which are "bad"? Do you know which ones you should copy and which ones you shouldn't? Families can also discuss how well books translate into TV shows. Kids: Are you familiar with the Mr. Men and Little Miss books? If so, which do you like better -- the books or the show? Why? Can you think of other shows that are based on books? Which do you like best? Why?

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