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 this series carries clear moral messages and comes from a Christian perspective (the main characters say their bedtime prayers at the end of each episode). The messages themselves -- such as the virtue of patience -- are hard to argue with no matter what your religious bent.
What's the story?
Is it any good?
The journeys -- led by penguins Zidgel, Midgel, Fidgel, and Kevin -- are funny, and the episodes are unusually well done. The mandatory adult-appeal humor rarely sails over kids' heads, making this the rare show for very young viewers that can be enjoyed by parents and other grown-up caregivers as well.
That said, 3-2-1 Penguins is hardly subtle in the way it delivers a lesson at the end of each episode. And while the gentle humor of a planet full of vacuum cleaners or the bumbling penguins themselves will amuse a willing adult, it's not going to do much for kids over 6. Even sophisticated younger viewers may not stay interested while the main character delivers the applicable biblical verse, proverb, or old adage.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how fantasy and reality both come into play in this series. Was the main character daydreaming, or did everything really happen? Elements of daily life always filter into the fantasy segments, nicely blurring the line. Families can also discuss the message at the heart of each episode.
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