Yo Gabba Gabba!

Common Sense Media says

Music, dance, and positive lessons for preschoolers.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The show is more focused on teaching life-lesson tips than academics, but kids will learn about everything from nutrition to being a good friend.

Positive messages

The series enforces important life-lesson messages for preschoolers, including staying healthy, respecting others, taking turns, safety, and being friendly.

Positive role models

The characters model positive behavior -- like sharing, trying hard, and being polite. They sometimes need help learning how to do these things, but that's very relatable for kids.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this colorful preschool series highlights life lessons young viewers can relate to, like sharing, being a good friend, trying your best, and being polite. In short, there's nothing to worry about. The energetic puppet characters encourage kids to sing and dance along, and the series' pace and repetitive nature are well suited for 2- to 4-year-olds. All of that said, despite a roster of hip guest stars (like the Shins), some parents may not be quite as enchanted by the beat-driven soundtrack as their rockin'-out kids.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Music-focused series YO GABBA GABBA! invites preschoolers to get their groove on while they learn important life lessons about taking care of themselves, making good decisions, being a good friend, and having fun. The colorful, live-action series stars Lance Robertson as DJ Lance Rock, the magician host who gets the party started by awakening his five buddies (four monsters and a robot) with a resounding cry of "Yo Gabba Gabba!" Once they get going, there's no stopping their mixture of infectious excitement, beat-driven music, and repetitive dance moves -- which will have preschoolers jumping out of their seats to join in. Each episode includes a number of brief segments devoted to the day's themes. Many are musical, featuring the monsters dancing and singing to tunes designed to teach preschoolers lessons like "Get the Sillies Out," "I'm Sorry," Wait Your Turn," and "Bedtime." Other portions of the show teach simple skills like drawing or easy dance moves, and guest stars like Elijah Wood, Sugarland, and Tony Hawk often drop by to join in the fun.

Is it any good?

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The monster friends are as diverse as the spectrum of colors they come in, and young viewers will easily relate to their individuality. Towering red Cyclops Muno (voiced by Adam Deibert) is always full of fun, but he's also afraid of the shadows he sees in the dark. Natural leader Toodee (Erin Pearce) sometimes forgets that there's fun to be found in sharing, but she always realizes her mistake and makes amends. Foofa (Emma Jacobs) is thoughtful and loving, though she's also been known to throw a tantrum or two. Youngster Brobee (Amos Watene) is often the one in the group to get hurt, but his friends' encouragement gets him going again. And gadget-covered Plex (Christian Jacobs) is always willing to lend a hand to help his friends learn something new.

With its enticingly vibrant characters and simple, retro style, there's no doubt that Yo Gabba Gabba! will beckon to 2- to 4-year-olds, who will revel in the repetition -- which promotes familiarity and confidence. But for the parents of these preschoolers, the show's songs, hip beat or no, may spark decidedly different emotions. Many of the omnipresent tunes are of the one- or two-line variety -- "There's a party in my tummy, so yummy, so yummy," and "Snacky snack snack snack snack," for example -- that are guaranteed to get stuck in your head for hours. (Don't worry, you can always oust it with something by the Wiggles if you get desperate...)

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the lessons the characters learn in each episode. Kids: What problems did the monsters encounter today? Did it affect one or all of the friends? How did they work through the problem? How did they work together to help each other?

  • Have you ever experienced problems like the monsters'? What did you do? Who are the people you trust when you're in trouble? How do you try to be a good friend?

TV details

Cast:Adam Deibert, Emma Jacobs, Lance Robertson
Network:Nickelodeon
Genre:Kids Musical TV
Topics:Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Written byAnonymous September 19, 2013
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2
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Yo Gabba Garbage!

I really hope this show is gone. It's probably the worst baby show I've seen so far (well, actually that's Boohbah). Crappy songs, too much fourth wall breaking, annoying characters and cliché plots. Avoid this like you'd avoid death! -10/10
Adult Written bymarshallclan April 9, 2008
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IT'S FRESH!!!

My family loves this show. The music is a FRESH departure from the watered down Barney tunes and the almost nonsense the Wiggles project. The characters are cute and relatable which makes the lessons they teach easier for kids to believe and accept. Yes the songs are addictive..and fun. I believe this show will cultivate creativity and also boost self confidence. I love the approach and the execution is perfect, composition and content are right on....and those beats are FRESH!!!
Parent of a 4 year old Written byMomtoClaire March 12, 2011
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4
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Awful show - do not watch

I do not let my child watch this show. The characters are freaky looking and one of them looks very inappropriate (i.e. like an adult toy) in my opinion. I wish this show would get removed from the airwaves.
Kid, 7 years old April 9, 2008
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this show is supid

ok im 6 but this show is supid

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