Peg charges into auto racing, pirate sleepovers, spaceships, and cake baking adventures with aplomb while sharing, helping others, and solving social and mathematical problems. Using charming stick-drawn equations, ukulele ditties, and friendly banter, Peg and her pear-shaped sidekick, Cat (plus a host of supporting critter characters) lead kids through patterns, shapes, adding, dividing, and more. As always, PBS and the Fred Rogers Company deliver exceptional educational content, capturing learning moments that are often missed by less experienced sources. Especially helpful is the customizable closed captioning that comes with all videos including a range of font sizes and separate window and text background colors.
The overall feel is positive and upbeat due to Peg's enthusiasm, determination, and energy but so-so games and a few quirky elements keep peg + cat from Blue's Clues-level quality. Although peg + cat is clearly for the preschool crowd, Peg deals with a sassy group of teenagers quite a bit; the heavy focus on these texting teens is a bit mystifying. On the slightly more philosophical side, Peg declares "We've got a really big problem!" to introduce every solution and "freaks out" when she thinks she can't handle the situation. While these freakouts are limited to a brief bout of shouting, this constant panic seems to soften her legitimacy as a role model despite her tried and true calming down strategy: counting backwards.