A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the main character is a precocious girl who concocts zany science experiments in her parents' garage -- something viewers shouldn't try at home. But overall the characters are smart, polite, and friendly, something sorely lacking in other animated programs.
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What's the story?
In TRACEY MCBEAN, viewers are introduced to a fourth grader whose curiosity and problem-solving nature lead her from wacky adventure to wacky adventure. Along with her sidekick and best friend, Shamus Wong (voiced by Anthony Hayes), McBean (Alice Ley) always manages to find a way to get around the obstacles that prevent them from having fun. From concocting a water inflator that makes a bucket of water fill an entire kiddie pool to inventing a machine that does your homework for you, nothing is too complex for young McBean, whose charm and personality shine at home, at school, and at play.
Is it any good?
Besides being incredibly cute, this animated Australian show also manages to entertain while teaching kids an important lesson: If you use your brain, anything is possible. It's doubtful that McBean's young audience will try to copy her tricks, but parents should be aware that while mixing potions works onscreen, in real life it could prove dangerous. What's more, because this smart series relies on witty dialogue (in addition to fine animation), young kids might not get it.
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