Reply: Children’s $hows Eli Mellen Kids shows are weird. Many of the contemporary kids programs I’ve come across (especially stuff geared towards toddlers on streaming services) seem to follow a similar pattern: A group of main characters connected by either proximity or “vocation.” No parents, nor guardians really. Just elders who are expert in their field Characters have clearly defined social roles (e.g. a train responsible for moving freight) Narratives revolve around characters either learning to fulfill their roles or failing to do so, and then realizing that others suffer when they don’t meet their responsibilities Are these Neo-Capitalist fairy tales? I wonder if it’s possible for children’s television to ever be anything but that—considering how much money is required to produce television.