Timmy Time



Cute series has positive social messages for tots.
Parents recommend

What parents need to know

Educational value

The series has lots of take-away lessons about being a good friend and a responsible person, and it sometimes incorporates some basic pre-reading skills like shapes, colors, and the meaning of symbols like arrows.

Positive messages

The tot-friendly stories explore social skills like taking turns, being patient, helping others, and being a good sport. Kids see how Timmy must identify the trouble he's causing and figure out a way to fix it so that he and his classmates can coexist.

Positive role models

Timmy makes a lot of mistakes, but once he realizes how his actions affect others, he tries his best to fix things. Teachers and friends are always willing to give him another chance, and they all celebrate when he's learned his lesson and changed his behavior.

Violence & scariness

Some very mild slapstick tumbles and falls, but no injuries.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

The series is tied to a product line that includes toys, books, and games for preschoolers.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cute animated series is a surefire winner for both preschoolers and parents. Created by the team behind Shaun the Sheep, Timmy Time centers on a mischievous young lamb who's always looking for ways to fix the trouble he's gotten into with his friends and teachers at nursery school. From the engaging animation to the show's dialogue-free format, this one is perfect for preschoolers because it packs each 10-minute story with important social lessons about responsibility, good sportsmanship, and fair play.

What's the story?

Mischievous young Timmy the lamb is off on new adventures at nursery school, where he and his friends discover that there are more than just ABCs to learn. Each day presents new opportunities to play and grow, but first Timmy must master the skills it takes to get along with others, and that's not always a simple task. Luckily, he's got a supportive group of friends and teachers who help keep him on track when he lets his impulses toward mischief get the better of him.

Is it any good?


Fans of Aardman Animations' hit series Shaun the Sheep may recognize you Timmy as the baby lamb who gets pulled into the fray of the herd's antics in that series. Now Timmy is at least partially grown up and off to school, where he doesn't miss a beat getting into troubles like cutting in line, shirking on classroom duties, and hiding his classmates' things -- all very relatable themes for the show's preschool audience. Kids will see how these actions affect his friends and teachers and will benefit from watching how Timmy learns to consider others' feelings.

Every aspect of TIMMY TIME is perfectly suited for its young audience, from the bright animation to the epidodes' brief 10-minute length. Even the absence of dialogue serves preschoolers well, since they learn to recognize the characters' gestures and facial expressions as indications of their emotions instead of relying solely on words. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about being a good friend. How can you show someone you are a friend? What are some things that might hurt a friend's feelings? When have you had your feelings hurt? How did your friend make you feel better?

  • Do you like this show's style? Why do you think the characters don't talk? Did that make it harder to understand what was going on, or could you figure it out by what the characters did?

  • What are some of your other favorite shows? Why do you like them? What do you learn from them? Can you relate to the characters' troubles?

TV details

Cast:Justin Fletcher, Kate Harbour, Louis Jones
Network:Disney Channel
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship, Horses and farm animals
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written byBlueSunday November 28, 2010

I like this AND Shaun the Sheep

It's cute, my brothers might like it.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 8 years old October 18, 2010

Timmy Time

Good For Ages 4 And Up.Nice For Shaun The Sheep Fans.Other Than That Its Boring.Good For Ages Four And Up
Parent of a 2 year old Written byABKL March 26, 2011

Super cute for tots

The Halloween episode where they made masks was a little scary for my sensitive tot, otherwise it's great
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models


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