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Parents need to know that Treehouse Detectives is an animated series about a bear brother-and-sister team who, along with their animal friends, solve mysteries about their experiences and about the natural world around them. The show is geared toward preschoolers, with characters who are friendly, kind, and above all curious about what they discover. Kids will see positive examples of teamwork and perseverance in the young detectives' efforts to solve the puzzles, and they never get discouraged when they fall short. In addition to the characters' positive qualities, the show also teaches viewers simple truths about the natural world, like how tides work and why hermit crabs must find their own shells.
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In TREEHOUSE DETECTIVES, siblings Teri (voiced by Jenna Davis) and Toby (Brody Allen) team up to solve mysteries that happen to them and their friends in and around their own backyard. From a case of a collapsing sandcastle to the culprit who absconds with a cooking tool, these clever bears and their pals Bean (Leigh Kelly), Rumy (Philece Sampler), Millie (Abby Trott), and Jay (Ryan Bartley) follow the clues they find and learn a lot about the world around them as they find answers to their questions.
Is it any good?
This sweet series appeals to preschoolers' sense of curiosity and illustrates the value of asking questions, suggesting answers, and learning from the process of solving mysteries. Those that present themselves to Toby and Teri are relatable to the experiences of the Treehouse Detectives' viewers: What attracts bees? Why do bodies of water look like they change colors? Why is flight easy for some creatures and hard for others? These simple queries inspire fun, friendly, and educational adventures for the show's characters and, by association, for the kids who watch.
Most prominent among the characters' many positive attributes is a persistent can-do attitude about every puzzle they face. Never do they get discouraged, even when their theories are proven incorrect or their ideas don't pan out. Instead they learn from the experiences, regroup, and try again, always with the confidence that eventually they will find the answer in the end.
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Families can talk about how the Detectives benefit from teamwork in Treehouse Detectives. How are Teri's and Toby's styles of gathering and analyzing clues different from each other? Would they be as successful as they are as a team if they worked alone? Why or why not?
How do the characters show respect for the environment in their experiences? Why is it important to leave natural habitats undisturbed around your yard, in the woods, and at the beach when you find them? How else can you and your family make an effort to protect the environment in your own home?
Kids: What topics most inspire your curiosity? Why do you think it's an important character strength? Families can use this series to prompt field trips to nature parks and museums for more hands-on experience with concepts of science.
- Premiere date: June 8, 2018
- Cast: Jenna Davis, Brody Allen, Leigh Kelly
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, Science and Nature
- Character Strengths: Curiosity, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Seal
- Last updated: March 13, 2020
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