The Stinky & Dirty Show

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 3+

Popular book characters are excellent role models for kids.

Parents say

age 2+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 2+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 2+

Nothing Else Measures Up

The Stinky and Dirty Show RUINED ALL other kids show for us! Unfortunately/fortunately, it's the first show my son started watching. I can't recommend this show enough! It is essentially a well-plotted guidebook to both Maker and Growth Mindsets. High-quality animation, endearing characters with clever names that match the vehicle function (like Chip for the jack hammer tractor, Sweepy for the street sweeper...)., and an intentionally-crafted script make for a wonderful show! Every 2-part episode focuses on obstacles (down to the last watermelon, Go City's race gets off track because the race path gets erased, tugboat's light isn't working and it can't see the way to guide a big ship...) and the process of finding solutions. Stinky and Dirty always work together. Sinky, a garbage truck, declares, "We might find the answer with... the POWER of Garbage", at which point he dumps out his hopper and they creatively use the items in a remedy. I love that they say, "What if..." and then suggest a solution, or "That's interesting," and then describe what they're observing. Dirty sprinkles dirt down, Stinky says, "I know what you're doing! You're thinking! Let me help, let me help!" Then they commence to draw out potential plans. Kids repeat what they hear, and my son started using those phrases early on. And... big points! This show isn't annoying for adults! Nothing (voices, design) is overly-cutesy. Dan Bern wrote a folksy soundtrack with incredibly poetic and smart lyrics. We listen to the soundtrack from seasons 1 and 2 all the time! Characters speak in their own voice. Vocabulary is impressive but context clues make it understandable for toddlers. Conversations are polite and positive. They've completely avoided any snarkiness, sarcasm, or bad attitudes, but still manage to include and tackle conflict. Need I go on? You will NOT regret anything about watching this show, except for the fact that looking for any future kids show will be a complete disappointment!

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age 2+

My 3yo girl laughs out loud!

I agree with other reviewers that the 2-stars for educational value greatly undersells this show. The characters really model thinking through a problem, trying different solutions, persisting despite sometimes failing, and working together. I only wish there were more female characters. Girls love construction, too!

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