A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The grandparents often share facts about India, like that it's home to one of the world's largest wildlife conservation efforts, as well as what their lives were like growing up there.
Devan loves animals and believes every animal has a special quality from which we can learn. Each episode has positive messages like the importance of taking a break from regular life, eating healthy food, getting out in nature, and facing your fears.
Positive Role Models
Both kids have helpful, positive attitudes, even when things don't go as planned. The family members are also willing to get out of their comfort zones and try new things. Using his imagination, Devan pictures himself as an animal to help him overcome adversities. The family members also show compassion in considering each other's feelings. For example, Dadu worries about his granddaughter, Uma, not feeling like a good teacher if he doesn't learn to swim.
Created by Indian writers, Krupa and Neeraj Sharman, the show features Indian-born grandparents and their American-born children and grandchildren. The grandkids' classmates are White and people of color.
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Violence & Scariness
Some episodes contain mild danger like a river too dangerous to swim in, getting momentarily trapped in a tent, ants attacking, or being stuck in a tree. Dadu, who can't swim, jumps in the pool when he thinks his grandson is drowning. Characters never act very scared, and the tension always passes very quickly.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Uma and Devan Namaste! is an animated show created by an Indian writing team featuring Indian-born grandparents, their children, and grandchildren. The grandparents often share facts about India as well as stories of what their lives were like growing up there. Both kids have helpful, positive attitudes, even when things don't go as planned. The family members are willing to get out of their comfort zones and try new things. Some episodes contain mild danger like being stuck in a tree, but characters never act very scared and the tension always passes very quickly.
Is It Any Good?
It's always exciting when a new show comes along that can open up a preschooler's world view. Uma and Devan Namaste! uses the stories told by the kids' Indian-born grandparents, Dadi and Dadu, to do just that. As viewers might expect, Dadi and Dadu share their cultural traditions as well as stories about what it was like growing up in India. But the pair are more than just a device for delivering facts about India and its people; the show also uses them for comedic relief, poking fun at their bougie nature. When the family goes camping, for example, Dadu complains, "I can't believe we have to build our own hotel room." There are also storylines built around some of their insecurities about being different. The result is a show with surprisingly nuanced characters and relationships that can teach preschoolers a lot of valuable lessons.
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