Parents' Guide to

Topsy and Tim

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Sweet books-inspired show presents rigid gender roles.

TV BBC Drama 2013
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

Gender stereotyping aplenty

Terribly sexist. Topsy helps Mum with the washing after phoning Dad to help fix the roof. Tim then helps Dad fix the roof. It's like we never left the fifties. I wouldn't let my children watch again.
age 3+

A Sweet and Wholesome Show

We love Topsy and Tim for the gentle pace that so perfectly captures the wonder of everyday life for young children. It's a great show for introducing new experiences and helping to process the big feelings that sometimes accompany those. Furthermore, the adults in Topsy and Tim's life seem to portray quite healthy behaviours. This is one of our favourite shows as a family with young kids. All in all, a refreshingly wholesome show which reflects traditional values.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (2):

This books-based series captures the ups and downs of childhood with a decidedly rosy slant that garners mixed reactions among viewers. On the upside, the stories celebrate the joys of being a kid -- playing with your friends, experiencing new things, going to school, etc. -- all within the comfortable cocoon of a close and loving family. Conversely, the noticeable absence of any realistic disappointment or consequence for the kids' mistakes gives the Odell family's seemingly flawless life an unfeasible nature.

Another concern for some Topsy and Tim viewers may be the somewhat antiquated gender roles portrayed by the Odell parents. Theirs is a lifestyle where Dad works and Mom tends to the kids and the housework, and in some episodes it can be argued that they encourage that same mentality in their two children. In one case, family chores seem determined by gender; in another, Tim's mom won't let him decorate cupcakes because that's Topsy's activity with her friend. On the whole, though, these are fleeting moments in an otherwise pleasant and joyful series about childhood adventures, family relationships, and the bond between siblings especially.

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