"Doc McStuffins" is about a 6-year-old African-American girl who pretends to be a doctor and runs an imaginary clinic in her playhouse. Her "patients" are talking toys that come to life when she is alone, and Doc performs make-believe medical procedures, such as stitching up a torn stuffed animal.
"Doc McStuffins" is an animated Disney Junior TV show that emphasizes educational themes. Doc's imaginative play is based on her observations of her mother, who is a licensed doctor and offers her daughter guidance on health and hygiene. The show incorporates several recurring toy characters, such as Hallie, a plush hippo who acts as Doc's nurse. Other regular characters include Stuffy, a clumsy stuffed dragon; Lambie, an emotional stuffed lamb; and Chilly, an anxious stuffed snowman.
"Doc McStuffins" is highly rated by organizations such as Common Sense Media for demonstrating the benefits of using imaginative play to develop investigative, reasoning and critical thinking skills. Doc frequently gathers clues, asks questions and experiments to find the best ways to "cure" her patients. The show has received widespread praise from critics and viewers for featuring an empowered child of color who aspires to work in an intellectually stimulating career. Doc's character is also praised as a female role model who encourages girls to pursue science fields.