A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Learning about where food comes from, cooking, nutrition and social-emotional lessons.
Positive messages around being curious, trying new foods, eating fruits and vegetables, learning new skills, and being kind.
Positive Role Models
Waffles and Mochi are excellent models for being curious and open to new experiences. All characters are friendly and kind.
Diverse recurring characters and guest characters. Some guest characters talk about how their cultures influences the food they make. Human and puppet characters are from various backgrounds, including Black, Latino, and Asian actors.
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Violence & Scariness
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mention of love and happily ever after.
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Some potty language like "barf" and "poop."
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Products & Purchases
Brands (restaurants, food producers) mentioned by name. Not gratuitous but present.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Waffles + Mochi's Restaurant is a spin-off of Michelle Obama's original foodie puppet TV show. It has the same great quirky vibe and fun food trivia from the first series, but the episodes have been shortened and simplified to make them even more fun for young kids. Some brands are mentioned when celebrity chefs and food producers talk about themselves, but it's not gratuitous product placement by any means. Fans of the original Waffles + Mochi will still enjoy this deliciously fun show, but Waffles + Mochi's Restaurant is clearly intended to help bring preschoolers along for the ride.
Is It Any Good?
This charming spin-off is a bit more accessible to younger kids -- it's shorter, with more straightforward and preschooler-relevant storylines. That said, older kids won't find it "babyish" by any means; even grown-ups will probably learn new food factoids from watching. The original series was fairly highbrow and cerebral for a kids' show. While this show still has foodie bonafides, it's more down-to-earth and focuses on food with more kid appeal (like cheese and chocolate, compared to the first show's soy and pickles).
Like the original, what makes the show shine is still getting the behind-the-scenes story on various ingredients, and learning how to use those ingredients in meals. The puppets are still silly and quirky, though the new Waffles performer Sarah Berman gives Waffles a more sweet and less unhinged quality than the original series. Kids who loved Waffles + Mochi will still recognize a lot of their favorite parts of that show, and the subtle changes may help open the show up to an even wider audience. Grown-ups will continue to enjoy watching this show alongside kids, and will appreciate the celebrity cameos throughout.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.