Welcome to our ongoing discussion of PBS Kids programming.
I have become an expert of sorts the past five-and-a-half years. If my kids are watching T.V., they are watching PBS. I allow an occasional Disney Show (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or Little Einstiens*) and have been allowing a tiny bit of Nick Jr. (Oliva). The Nick Jr. was viewed out of necessity. We were on vacation, and the local PBS did not show kids programming in the afternoon = emergency.
First up – Arthur. Based on the books by Marc Brown. Arthur is only somewhat annoying. On a scale of wanting to claw my eyes out = 1 and wanting to watch it every day with my kids= 10, I would give it an 8 or so. The story lines are pretty true to a preschooler or grade schooler’s problems. As an adult, I can see how the episodes relate to what is going on in my 5 year old’s life. Arthur = general life lessons for social life.
*Do they even make Little Einsteins anymore? That should be a testament to how much we stray from our PBS shows!