Zerby Derby

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Problem-solving remote-control cars are positive, fun.

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The vehicles solve problems and think critically.

Positive Messages

"Try, try again" is the cars' motto. Friendship also is a theme.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The vehicles are good friends, support each other, and work together.

Violence & Scariness

Sometimes cars bump, roll, but nothing too rough.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Zerby Derby is a live-action series starring remote-controlled cars designed to teach young kids about problem solving. Being positive and friendship also are themes. On occasion the remote-controlled cars gently bump something or roll over, but there's nothing too rough. Its simple, enthusiastic approach has lots of kid appeal, especially for kids who like toy cars and other vehicles.

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What's the story?

ZERBY DERBY is a Canadian live-action series about a crew of small remote-control vehicles who live in a life-size forest. Zack (Phil McCordic), Lily (Stacey DePass), Rex (Ron Pardo), and Axle (Jason Hopley) have lots of fun crossing streams, rolling up hills, and exploring Zerby Town. Friends such as Walter the Wash Truck and Chase the Helicopter often join them. When they come across a problem, they try different ways to solve it. From figuring out how to haul lake water to a closer watering hole, to finding the perfect disguise to camouflage themselves during a game of hide-and-seek, the Zerbies enjoy their daily adventures together.

Is it any good?

This positive and educational kids' series teaches the importance of trying to find solutions to problems big and small. It also demonstrates how working with friends and having a good attitude can make a difference in the ability to resolve whatever obstacle you're faced with.

Unlike a lot of kids' shows, there's no singing or musical numbers (which some may consider a blessing), but the characters' mantra of "Try, try again" is an important takeaway kids can easily remember. This, combined with the simplicity of the series, makes it a great learning tool.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different ways we can overcome obstacles. Why is it important to keep trying to find ways to solve problems? Should you ever give up? When is it important to ask for help?

  • Families also can talk about why some kids like cars and trucks. Ask kids what they like about their favorite vehicles. 

TV details

For kids who love preschool TV

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