Pinkalicious & Peterrific

Ages: 3 - 5Manufacturer: WGBH Educational Foundation

Each animated half-hour episode of Pinkalicious includes two 11-minute stories as the title character and her brother Peter explore art and creativity. The gist of this series is that imagination makes everyday activities “pinktastic,” and Pinkalicious Pinkerton proves. She fills her days with the things she loves, such as painting, soccer, inventing, and, as one might imagine, her favorite color pink. Neighborhood characters she encounters provide a nice nod to diversity. And, despite the deeply “pink” vibe of this program, the adult women hold varied jobs that don’t gender stereotype.

In the episode Gnome More Nonsense, Pinkalicious befriends a cheery garden gnome. As she and her brother and friend imagine being pirates, the gnome thinks the garden is in danger, so they teach him about imagination. In “Pink Lemonade”, Pinkalicious and Peter raise money for toys and art supplies, experimenting with eye-catching signs, costumes, and jingles to attract customers. And in “Dream Salon,” Pinkalicious is eager to try out a new hairstyle but her creations are as impractical as they are pretty.

While Pink and pals do engage in various forms of arts, crafts, tinkering, and imaginative play, these plots are driven much more by situations that require simple problem-solving than making art projects. It’s more of a cheery celebration of creativity in all forms. Expect a lot of “pink-pink-hooray” and “pink-a-perfect” and “pink-a-tastic” moments that help the heroine – and young viewers – polish social and emotional skills.


Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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