Editor’s Note: This review is of the episodes Silly Tractor, Special Delivery, Let’s Collaborate and Adopted Birthday.
The Slugs & Bugs Show is a blast. It is a treat to see such a fun, well-made show that seeks to be constructive. It effortlessly sets a high standard for itself. It has well-produced characters and visuals, positive talks and interactions with real-life individuals, and some catchy music. Throughout the show, Randall Goodgame and his friends (such as Doug the Slug), as well as “real-life” individuals, work and play at the workshop, while learning and discussing.
There’s some fun and surprises, and the show pays attention to details that older audiences may find clever. For example, characters occasionally have their own moments addressing the camera personally; a trope often seen in more grown-up comedy shows. And does it in a way that kids will enjoy. Also, Doug the slug loves Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.
There are times when the goofiness quiets down and the topics are more nuanced and serious, such as discussing adoption, and some of the emotions that may be present. The show makes room for constructive discussion about the ideas and feelings, and isn’t afraid to talk to someone who may have more experience or wisdom. It presents things in a way that will be accessible for kids, while also being a great springboard for conversation.
There is also a focus on God and Scripture. The characters receive a Bible that they reference, and people discuss God, and His love and work.
There are some very mild shenanigans, and some silly scenes where characters (puppets) may get launched through the air, soar into something, etc. The Slugs & Bugs Show is Dove-approved for All Ages.
The Dove Take:
Entertaining and constructive children’s show is filled with faith, interesting conversations, and clever silliness.