Wonderama

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Reboot of classic kids' variety show is fun for all ages.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Brief science experiments, maker demonstrations, wildlife presentations, and cooking and crafting techniques are featured. 

Positive Messages

It's OK for kids to have silly fun, learn, and share with each other. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lots of talented kids are featured. Adults listen to and interact with kids in gentle, fun, appropriate ways.  

Violence & Scariness

Nothing violent, but a few games include getting things poured on your head, smashing whip cream pies in your face, and other messy things. 

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Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wonderama, a reboot of the iconic TV series that ran for over two decades, is a fun, family-friendly variety show that features an interactive kid audience. Segments range from cooking and crafting demonstrations to appearances by popular celebrities and youth performers. Games (which are often messy) are played for prizes, too. The popular music and dancing sometimes has a contemporary edge to it, but it's all age appropriate.

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What's the story?

WONDERAMA, a reboot of the iconic children's variety show, offers a new generation of viewers the opportunity to have fun and learn. Hosted by David Osmond, nephew of famed entertainers Donny and Marie Osmond, it features many of the classic series' original features, including an interactive studio audience that gets to play crazy games and win prizes. But it also boasts more contemporary elements, including DJs Coco and Breezy spinning their playlist, cooking segments, science experiments, and details that reflect the online world we live in. Adding to the fun are excerpts of the classic Wonderama series, which are featured throughout the season. 

Is it any good?

This energetic series attempts to capture the young and fun vibe of the original show (which ran from 1955-77, and again in 1980-83) while appealing to a modern-day audience. In addition to wild games and appearances by celebrity guests like Silentó and Disney-popular singer Aja9, it also showcases astronauts, scientists, wildlife experts, and even contestants from MasterChef Junior teaching host David Osmond and the audience a new thing or two. In between these segments are scenes of kids dancing, cheering, and just having an all-around good time.  

Each five-segment episode features a variety of activities that are both interesting and fast-moving enough for younger viewers to remain interested. It's extremely family friendly but doesn't hand down any moral lessons -- it's all just good, clean fun. Those familiar with the original show may feel a slight sense of nostalgia, but overall, this version of Wonderama is a fresh and lively viewing option for kids of all ages. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the segments featured on Wonderama. Which ones are your favorite? Why?

  • What are some of the differences between the classic Wonderama series and the reboot? Which is more entertaining? Why?

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