A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Show teaches social-emotional skills but in a somewhat abstract way.
Show emphasizes kindness and helping your friends, as well as how to think about something in a different way to solve a problem.
Positive Role Models
Characters are all kind and try to help each other when they're feeling sad. Show also emphasizes using flexible thinking and imagination to find creative solutions to problems. Counter-stereotypical gender representation of a truck-loving boy who's also inquisitive and sensitive.
Violence & Scariness
Very mild scariness, like a character looking a bit frightened when going too fast down a hill.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this gentle preschool show is about a 6-year-old boy Hank and his best pal, Trash Truck. They spend the day following their curiosities and helping their friends. This slow-paced and thoughtful show emphasizes social-emotional lessons and creative problem solving, and is great for young kids. There is very mild scariness, like Trash Truck looking scared when he goes down a hill too quickly, but nothing that will bother most preschoolers.
Is It Any Good?
Trash Truck stands out from most modern preschool shows in that its pacing is slow, and that "gentle" is the adjective that describes it best. This isn't an action-packed vehicle show (a la Mighty Express or Blaze and the Monster Machines, which are both great, but just different). Instead, it's a buddy show in which one of the pals happens to be a giant trash truck. It's refreshing that the traditionally boy-leaning topic of trucks features the counter-stereotype of a sensitive and inquisitive young boy as its protagonist. Since each scene develops slowly, there's space for young viewers to do their own wondering.
Kids, especially those into vehicles, will love imagining that all the trucks around them are alive and could be their playmate. Parents will love that Trash Truck inspires their kids to use their imagination and be kind to their friends.
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