Parents' Guide to

Motown Magic

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Thoughtful musical series emphasizes self-confidence.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 3+

Awesome music, diverse characters, great messages, fast paced enough the whole family enjoys it!
age 2+

We love this show!

My 1 year old African American son absolutely LOVES this show! Please do not cancel this show anytime soon! My biggest complaint is there is NO TOYS! I would of love to got him some toys. Stuffed Ben or something! That made us upset! We are all for no town magic toys!!!!!!!!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Deceivingly juvenile at first glance but ultimately broadly appealing, this gem of a series marries iconic Motown music with a quality story that emphasizes family, friendship, and self-esteem. Ben's struggles with self-confidence don't stop when he learns to use Masterpiece, but the experience slowly helps him realize the worth of his own unique qualities. Masterpiece manages the magic, but it's Ben who learns to use what it brings to life to help himself and those around him resolve difficult emotions and situations.

And then there's the music. A kids' show structured around Motown hits may not seem like a list topper, but it works amazingly well. The reprisals of favorites like "My Girl," "ABC," and "The Tracks of My Tears" are quality productions that introduce young viewers to the classic Motown sound in the modern setting of these likable characters' experiences. Each episode of Motown Magic introduces a different song integrated into the story in creative ways that will leave viewers young and old tapping to the tunes.

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