10 May 2010 | TheLittleSongbird
Better than Barney and friends
Although I haven't seen Tweenies for about 3 years now, I remember really liking it. It is definitely not the best TV show ever, but it is not the worst either. As the title of my review indicates, Tweenies is better than Barney and friends, which I loved as a kid but now I dislike, finding it childish and annoying. As far as educational programmes go, this is for me one of the better ones, not as good as Pingu, Tots TV or Rosie and Jim, but in my opinion it is better than Barney and Dora the Explorer.
The story lines can get a bit predictable, with some moments of cheesy but mostly amusing dialogue, but what I did like were the colourful production values, the catchy theme tune and the educational value that is almost certainly there(ie. what colour goes with what). The songs are simple but surprisingly memorable, and do one thing right that Barney did not, they weren't annoying. And I liked the characters, Bella is bossy a lot of the time, but she has a heart as well, Milo is quite cool as is Jake and Fizz is someone who my siblings and I looked up to. I also liked Max, he was wise and kind like my grandfather, but my personal favourite was the dog Doodles, he was funny and cute. I also liked the stories that Max read, and in terms of episodes the Christmas episode and the play safe episodes are definite standouts. Overall, this is not a bad show, kids will love it and I think adults may as well. I have friends with four children who prefer Tweenies over TeleTubbies and Balamory, so that is something. 7/10 Bethany Cox