PBS Kids has been kind enough to advertise on Parent Hacks, most recently to spread the word about the Labor Day debut of the new Curious George series. I've always loved the books, the movie was charming, and the music…well, the Jack Johnson soundtrack is often on auto-repeat in iTunes. SO, I had high hopes for the television show.
It was adorable, of course. My daughter's in the target demographic (ages 3-5), but despite the simple storylines, my almost seven year-old son loved it, too. The show is narrated by William H. Macy (a highlight, in my opinion) and features George getting into comic science-, math-, and engineering-related scraps. In the debut episode, the first half had him flying (and being flown by) a kite, and the second had him investigating the cause of some mysterious scratches on restaurant seats. Basic kid fare, nothing monumental, and the perky host during the interstitial was a bit grating. A minor complaint, though (and could just be a reflection of my impatience this morning; didn't sleep enough) — this is quality entertainment. I always appreciate TV that encourages kids to explore and ask questions. Find out when Curious George is on in your town.