The Upside Down Show

TV review by
Larisa Wiseman, Common Sense Media
The Upside Down Show TV Poster Image
Parents recommendPopular with kids
Outstanding preschool series is fun and inventive.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 70 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 28 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

We think this TV show stands out for:

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The show encourages social interaction and offers great examples of cooperation, negotiation, and accommodating and supporting others' needs.

Positive Role Models & Representations

David and Shane demonstrate communication and curiosity.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Upside Down Show is a terrific series for preschoolers that uses silly humor, imaginative play, language play, and whimsical storylines to stimulate young minds to be curious and creative and to think critically about the world around them. The show's interactive aspect encourages cooperation and self-confidence, as preschoolers get to be "in control" while lending a helping hand.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byFnafPlayer335 November 15, 2018

The upside down show is my favorite childhood show

It’s always exiting to imagine a remote & ask me what to do for help.
Parent of a 5-year-old Written byHintertreppe February 5, 2013

Frenetic fun for the family

Monty Python for kids. Hilariously absurd.
Kid, 8 years old October 27, 2020

love this show even to this day

i sometimes find myself rewatching them, they are really funny episodes and shane and david are really cool! the plots are really cool and what u learn from the... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMusiclovergig June 26, 2020


Despite the name, the show isn’t bad. It's a nostalgic Nick Jr show.

What's the story?


A delightfully inventive series for preschoolers, THE UPSIDE DOWN SHOW stars renowned Australian comedy duo David Collins and Shane Dundas -- also known as The Umbilical Brothers (whom many kids may already know from their often-wordless appearances on Sesame Street). In each zany episode, the energetic pair -- who talk plenty here -- takes young viewers on a rollicking journey, pausing every so often to invite kids to "control" the action via an imaginary TV remote that they "hand" to the viewer at the beginning of the episode. David and Shane play brothers who live in a fantastical house with an infinite number of quirky features, including magical doors and hidden passageways (such as an imaginary staircase or an elevator behind the sofa) that lead to bizarre rooms and other worlds, as well as everyday places beyond their living room. Each episode sends the brothers on a quest to find an object or place -- perhaps they need to track down a cowbell in order to play Puppet's "Symphony for a Cowbell," or they want to go to the art museum so they can display Shane's drawing. To fulfill their quest, the brothers have to travel through some of the house's magical passageways. Since they usually aren't quite sure how to get where they need to go, the journey involves lots of trial and error, and they're often sidetracked by bizarre rooms or locations, such as the Sticky Room, the Boat Out at Sea Room, or the Finger Painting Museum -- which makes the adventure all the more fun. At several points along the way, David and Shane ask young viewers to help them by pressing various buttons on their imaginary remote. The brothers may decide that they want to change the size of something, for example, or they may just need help out of a jam (such as getting unstuck from the walls of the Sticky Room); in any case, there's always a button on the viewer's remote that can do the trick. Occasionally, the viewer will "push a wrong button," at which point the duo suffers some unfortunate effect such as being turned sideways or upside down.

Is it any good?

Not only are David and Shane funny and entertaining, but the show's storylines are refreshingly original; each episode is filled with clever jokes, puns, music, and tons of physical humor. The fanciful world the brothers explore is sure to pique preschoolers' imagination and curiosity. Moreover, the series teaches little ones new words, life skills, relational concepts, and how to think critically, and introduces them to all kinds of wonderful things, places, and activities that exist out in the real world. Don't be surprised if even the youngest toddler is glued to the screen during The Upside Down Show.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about each episode of The Upside Down Show's theme and how each adventure unfolds. What are David and Shane looking for in this episode? Why do they want to find this particular object or place? Who helps them, and how? What happened when they finally found what they were looking for? What did you learn from this episode that you didn't know before?

  • Do David and Shane end up in any strange places or funny rooms along the way? How do they get out of these places? Did they ask you to help them by clicking your imaginary remote? What did they ask you to do? What happened as a result?

  • How do David and Shane demonstrate curiosity and communication on The Upside Down Show? Why are these important character strengths?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love preschool TV

Character Strengths

Find more TV shows that help kids build character.

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate