Maya and Miguel: The Autograph

April 4, 2010

Summary: Maya and Miguel’s parrot Paco takes Miguel’s favorite baseball card, an Orlando Flores card, and accidentally flushes it down the toilet.  Maya feels responsible and wants to replace the card, but it is too expensive.  When Maya, Miguel, Chrissy, Tito, and Abuela go to a baseball game, Maya tries to get Orlando Flores’ autograph to replace the baseball card.  Maya and Miguel ultimately sneak on the field in the mascot’s costume.  Although the do not get the autograph this way and get in trouble, they do get the autograph when Abuela traded the home run ball that she caught for an autograph.

Bad/Hurtful Language: none

Violence: Abuela accidentally hits a man.  A mob of fans accidentally tramples a man.

Spirituality/Religion: none

Morality/Ethics: Maya lies by telling a security guard that she is a reporter.  She also lies to get the mascot costume and sneak on the field.  Maya, Chrissy, and Tito impersonate a singing group to get on the field.

Sexuality: none

Educational value: Many Spanish language words and phrases are used throughout the episode.

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Maya and Miguel

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Olivia: Olivia Goes Camping

April 1, 2010

Summary: Francine joins Olivia’s family on a camping trip.  She does not want to go camping, but she has to because her parents are out-of-town and Olivia’s family agrees to babysit her.  During the camping trip, Olivia shares her five must do activities for the weekend.  1.  Watch dad try to put up the tent.  2.  Go mountain climbing.  3.  Get dirty.  4.  Find a really cool bug.  5.  Find the perfect stick for roasting marshmallows.  As Olivia and Francine complete the list, Francine discovers that she likes camping.  Everyone has a great time.

Theme: Camping is fun.  It is good to try new things.

Bad/Hurtful Language: none

Violence: none

Spirituality/Religion: none

Morality/Ethics: none

Sexuality: none

Educational Value: none

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Olivia


Word Girl: Coupon Madness

March 25, 2010

Summary:  Granny May commits robberies by printing fake coupons and taking them into stores.  When a store clerk refuses, she attacks him by shooting yarn out of her knitting needles.  She also attacks Word Girl when Word Girl tries to stop her.  Word Girl and Captain Huggy Face follow Granny May to her home and destroy her coupon-making machine.  Granny May is taken off to jail.

Theme: none

Bad/Hurtful Language: none

Violence:  Granny May attacks people with her knitting needles.

Spirituality/Religion: None

Morality/Ethics: Becky lies about being Word Girl.  Granny May steals.

Sexuality:  Nothing explicit, however Emily reveals that Becky has a crush on Scoops..

Educational Value: Vocabulary words are squint, bargain, and stroll.

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Word Girl


Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Happy Chinese New Year

March 25, 2010

Summary: Kai-lan and her friends are excited because it is Chinese New Year.  Ye Ye makes a dragon for Kai-lan and her friends to carry in the parade.  Everyone draws numbers to decide what part of the dragon they will carry.  Rintoo is upset when he draws the middle of the dragon.  He thinks that job is not important, so he quits the team.  Kai-lan convinces Rintoo that his job is very important.  Rintoo returns to the team and they carry the dragon in the parade.

Theme: Teamwork–every job on a team is important.

Bad/Hurtful Language: none

Violence: none

Spirituality/Religion: none

Morality/Ethics: Rintoo quits the team.  He later returns to the team and apologizes for quitting.

Sexuality: none

Educational Value: The viewer is taught the Mandarin Chinese word for “red”, and the phrase for “happy Chinese New Year.”  The viewer is also taught the Mandarin Chinese characters for the numbers 1 through 5.  Some of the customs of Chinese New Year are also taught.

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Ni Hao Kai-Lan


Handy Manny: Manny Goes Solar

March 22, 2010

Summary: Mr. Kumar hires Manny to put up a sign for his store.  The sign requires electricity, however there is no electricity where the sign will be placed.  Mr. Kumar is disappointed that his sign won’t move like it should.  Manny goes to Kelly’s store to pick up supplies he needs to put up the sign.  Kelly is selling solar power panels.  Manny realizes that solar power can be used to run Mr. Kumar’s sign.  Manny puts up the sign and uses solar power to run it.  Mr. Kumar is happy that his moving sign works.

Theme: Solar power is a good source of energy.

Bad/Hurtful Language: none

Violence: The two screwdrivers, Felipe and Turner, push each other around.

Spirituality/Religion: none

Morality/Ethics: none

Sexuality: none

Educational Value: The viewer learns about solar power.

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Handy Manny


Max & Ruby: Ruby’s Hippity Hop Dance

March 17, 2010

Summary: Ruby and Louise are learning the hippity hop dance.  At the same time, Roger comes over to teach Max how to play football.  Ruby and Louise have a difficult time remembering all the dance steps.  They remember the last step when Max and Roger celebrate a touchdown by dong the dance.

Bad/Hurtful Language: none

Violence: Max tackles Roger during their football game.

Spirituality/Religion: none

Morality/Ethics: Max shows kindness to his sister by honoring her request to play football in a different part of the yard so she can dance.

Sexuality: none

Educational Value: none

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Max & Ruby


Super Why!: The Princess and the Pea

March 16, 2010

Summary: Princess Pea needs to solve a puzzle to pass her test to become a Jr. Princess.  She is worried that she won’t pass.  The other Super Readers help her.  They jump into the book The Princess and the Pea to find the super letters and to find out how her mother passed her test (Princess Pea is the daughter of the princess in the book The Princess and the Pea).  The Super Readers help the princess in the book pass her test.   The super letters spell out the word smart.  Princess Pea learns that she needs to show that she’s smart to pass her test.  She solves the puzzle and passes her test.

Bad/Hurtful Language: none

Violence: none

Spirituality/Religion: none

Morality/Ethics: none

Sexuality: none

Educational Value: This episode focuses on the alphabet, rhyming -ink words, and spelling.

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Super Why!