We need more shows like Little Lunch.
The Australian television series is set at recess. It features six kids who look and sound like kids you would find in any schoolyard. They experience the common highs and lows of being 10 years old.
There’s the episode when Melanie and Tamara explore friendship while battling for exclusive use of the monkey bars. The episode when Atticus learns to love the unfamiliar food prepared for him by his ya-ya (his grandma). And there’s the one when Battie doesn’t get over his fear of dogs.
Their stories aren’t extraordinary. There isn’t a neatly packaged lesson for them to learn every episode. The show features kids being kids. And as kids, their stories are witty, moving, and honest.
I think we sometimes forget that real life and realistic stories can be just as entertaining as superhero blockbusters or paranormal adventures. The show reminds me of The Office, which found the humour and spark in the everyday lives of employees at a paper company. Little Lunch even uses talking-head interviews, just like on The Office. Characters on other kids shows talk directly to the camera as well, but often they are explaining the story or summarizing the lesson. On Little Lunch, the kids look into the camera and share what’s on their mind. Sometimes it’s comical, sometimes it’s serious, and it always worth hearing.
By not wrapping every episode in a lesson, Little Lunch allows its viewers to make connections on their own. It challenges kids to think a little deeper. That’s why Little Lunch is a show worth watching and re-watching – you never know what you’ll learn from the schoolyard. Both kids and adults can bring their own experiences to the stories and take from it something meaningful to them. And even if you don’t learn a lesson or two, you’ll still laugh and be entertained.
If you haven’t watched Little Lunch yet, you should. This advice has no age restrictions.
Little Lunch – Series Trailer:
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