Parents' Guide to

Malory Towers

By mseegers, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Friendships triumph over conflict in updated adaptation.

TV BYUtv Drama 2020
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 8+

Morals abound!

A lovely family show that sparks talking points re friendship, honesty, bullying, cheating, personality traits and other aspects of boarding school life. A nice easy watch that may appal to adults for the nostalgia aspect.
age 7+

Boarding school drama for the whole family to enjoy

Really lovely family show. Based on the well loved Enid Blyton books, both my children (girls of 11 and 13) have loved watching this over the past couple of years. Super wholesome as you’d expect from a boarding school drama set immediately post WW2. Has good messaging around teamwork, trying hard and being a good friend.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This updated adaptation of a classic book series is a worthwhile reintroduction of Blyton's beloved characters to a younger generation. While still set post World War II, Malory Towers improves upon the source material with a more representative and diverse cast. Some of the characters, like Gwen, fall flat as their writing relies on classic cliches like the "spoiled brat" and "mean girl." However, Darrell is a wonderful character who viewers can invest their time in with the satisfaction of watching her personal growth. Even if she's imperfect, Darrell is constantly learning and reflecting on her mistakes. Through adventures on the Cornish seaside and impromptu midnight feasts, the relationships built at Malory Towers include strong and worthwhile depictions of female friendship.

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