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By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Preschoolers will go wild for this animal show.

TV PBS Educational 1999
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 6+


Unlike Sesame Street and ESPECIALLY Barney, "Zoboomafoo" is easily enjoyed by both children AND adults. It teaches nature at an elementary level, and adults can absolutely learn from this show too. It gives teens and adults positive messages to learn from this show as well! Here is why I'm putting 6+ as the age recommendation instead of 4+: Zoboomafoo has the occasional mild profanity (odd for a Y-rated show); but it's not very frequent. This show contains no name-calling, put-downs, or other types of abuse. This show has no crude content or discriminatory jokes. There are just about two of those words here you probably don't want your kids repeating ("crap" and "hell"), but they're used only by the adult characters and not in a rude way.
age 13+


Zoboo is excellent i watch him on Sprout

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (12 ):

Zoboomafoo is easy to love, because it's so full of good stuff. Not only are Martin and Chris enthusiastic and playful, but they also seem to be genuinely enjoying themselves. This enthusiasm is contagious, and children are bound to respond to it. Along with their friend Zoboo the lemur, the Kratt brothers make learning about animals lots of fun. Often encouraging kids to "run like cheetahs," or to "chew like a horse," Martin and Chris make the interactive aspect of the show very engaging. Likewise, by prompting kids to learn about animals and their habitat, the Kratt brothers have created a truly educational program; especially when the hosts can bring the animals on to the set. Meanwhile, the manner in which Martin and Chris relate to animals is extremely respectful. They never antagonize or aggravate the animals, clearly setting a positive precedent for young viewers.

One segment of the show includes a fantasy element, wherein Zoboo tells a far-out story which is played out in claymation. It works, if simply because Zoboo is very childlike, saying things like, "I can't believe my mind," when hearing something incredible. The jumpy nature of these segments can be a bit odd, but it generally serves to enrich the program with an artistic element. PBS has done it again -- providing young viewers with compelling viewing. Zoboomafoo is a fun, educational show for preschoolers.

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