Vlad and Niki
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Vlad and Niki
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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 Vlad and Niki started as a successful YouTube show and now has been adapted for HBO Max. The show features the child stars engaging in silly adventures, usually with their mom, Victoria, and sometimes with their toddler brother, Christian. The episodes are not like their toy unboxing videos on YouTube; instead, the boys get into all kinds of mischief involving everything from buried treasure to sticky tape to bubble foam. The content is not very educational; in fact, there's not much dialogue, and sometimes the dialogue consists of computer-generated words like, "Wow!" and "Yay!" or what sounds like baby talk from the boys. But it's fun, cute, and entertaining for little kids and well-packaged in 11-minute episodes for its young audience.
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What's the Story?
Vlad and Niki is a preschool series featuring the little kid antics of brothers Vlad and Niki. From treasure hunts to racing tot-sized vehicles and many other at-home and on-the-go adventures, the boys keep their audience engaged with slapstick humor, brotherly love, and a vibe and style reminiscent of Pee-wee's Playhouse. Most 11-minute episodes include their silly, fun-loving mom, Victoria, and their toddler brother, Christian, sometimes makes a cameo.
Is It Any Good?
Young viewers are crazy about this vivid visual experience, though it lacks depth. The preschool audience has already shown that they are here for Vlad and Niki. The live-action element of the show gives the youngest viewers relatable content, while dazzling them with cutesy music, vibrant colors, and exciting animations. The show is not for viewers looking for educational content for their small kids. In fact, it can be a bit addictive for young kids and somewhat mind-numbing for adults. Nevertheless, families may be inspired to play in new and creative ways (or to start that YouTube channel they've been brainstorming).
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about why the boys are fun to watch Vlad and Niki. Why is their mom fun to watch? What else makes the show exciting?
What Vlad and Niki adventure would you like to go on? Why?
As a family, brainstorm new games and adventures to play together that are based on the activities in the show.
- Premiere date: April 22, 2022
- Cast: Vlad Vashketov, Niki Vashketov, Victoria Vashketov
- Networks: HBO Max, YouTube
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Adventures, Brothers and Sisters
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Last updated: May 12, 2022
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