In this September’s bevy of new shows for small people, the most noteworthy is “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” on PBS. It’s a return to an earlier era. Kiddie-aged characters are supposed to be developmentally commensurate with their audience. Yet in show after show, they exhibit a troublesome maturity, an all-knowing precocity. There’s little appreciation of the feelings that tug at your 5-year old conscience. Characters may “problem solve” — a skill that today’s children’s TV shows eagerly promote — but they don’t feel stuff.
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