Andi Mack

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Heartwarming, diverse coming-of-age story best for tweens.
 Popular with kids

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 117 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 144 reviews

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Positive Messages

This coming-of-age story addresses big emotions and issues with honesty and a lot of heart. Andi's expressive nature really helps in this regard, as she often opens up to friends and family about how she's feeling and what she thinks, showing viewers the value of communication. Family isn't always perfect, but loyalty means everything and helps family members overcome difficult times. Making mistakes isn't inherently bad so long as you use what you learn from them for a better future, and forgiveness is essential to relationships. Acceptance is also a theme that's addressed often, from accepting a change in family structure to supporting a friend through the coming-out process. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Andi is a contemplative and self-assured middle schooler who asserts herself in small ways against her overprotective mother's rigid rules. She longs for adventures her mom tries to prevent and so finds a kindred spirit in her open-minded older sister, Bex, who harbors secrets from Andi but loves her fiercely. The cast is diverse, featuring a multiracial family, gay characters, and a diverse group of friends for Andi.

Violence
Sex

Andi's crush on Jonah often dominates her thoughts, but she's not silly or superficial about it. A main character comes out in the second season. The story doesn't directly raise the topic of unplanned pregnancy, but a major plot point suggests the matter, which could prompt questions.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Andi Mack is a heartwarming coming-of-age story from the creator of Lizzie McGuire about a young teen whose world turns upside-down when her older sister moves back home. The content deals with the issue of unplanned pregnancy in an indirect way that's nonjudgmental, but it's also a major part of the slightly soapy plot. Younger kids might have questions about the Mack's unique family structure, and there are no easy answers, so parents may want to hold off until their kids can process the complicated issues. That said, the show is lots of fun, and it's a delight to watch Andi and her friends Cyrus and Buffy muddle through common woes of teen years, including crushes and school matters. Through it all, her family encourages her self-awareness, expression, and self-confidence. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8 and 15 year old Written byH G April 28, 2017

Terrible for kids

I am absolutely disgusted with the plot line of this show. I 100% support adding diversity to Disney channel and taking the stories to new dimensions. However I... Continue reading
Parent of a 14 and 18+ year old Written byCollegeGirl_Kid... June 17, 2017

VERY bad messages for kids. BAD role models. Encourages Peer Pressure. Teaches Disrespect of Authority.

I actually really liked this show--at first. It was well written, the kids aren't wearing neon clothes and over-painted faces, the set is real and not like... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byAlanoCar1 June 20, 2017

I wish parents would just stop...

I wish that parents would just stop. I wish parents would stop trying to hide the real world from their kids. I'm so sick of seeing parents complain about... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byThiswebsiteisgreat June 10, 2017

Teaching kids bad lessons, very negative with unnecessarily rude characters

I just watched the pilot of this show when I was baby sitting today and I found this show upsetting enough for me to make an account on here to inform parents.... Continue reading

What's the story?

When her nomadic big sister, Bex (Lilian Bowden), arrives unannounced on the eve of ANDI MACK's (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) 13th birthday and says she's moving back home, Andi is thrilled at the prospect of having a free spirit around. For every one of their mother's rigid rules, Bex has a method for bending it, and just having her there inspires Andi to step out of her comfort zone in the best ways. But when Bex reveals a long-held secret that turns Andi's world upside-down, it launches a new path of self-discovery for the introspective teen. Throughout it all, Andi and her friends Cyrus and Buffy are tight and help each other out through thick and thin, including crushes, school drama, and big feelings. 

Is it any good?

This refreshing series doesn't shy away from emotion or meaningful issues in how Andi (and Bex, to a lesser degree) carries on after the world as she knows it takes a hit. In a surprisingly organic way, it affirms that while the process of growing up can be trying and uncomfortable, strong relationships and the bonds of family are our most reliable sources of strength. Andi Mack tackles big and small issues in this newly minted teen's life with humor and charm that's appealing to parents almost as much as it is to kids.

That said, the show introduces some fairly mature concepts, especially for the preteen crowd that frequents Disney series like this one. While the references aren't overt, even grade schoolers will pick up on hints at teen pregnancy, puberty, and a coming-out journey for one of the main characters. If your young kids watch, know that this aspect of the content could raise some questions for them.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the everyday issues Andi and her friends Cyrus and Buffy face in Andi Mack. How does having each other make it easier to cope? How do they treat each other with empathy and compassion through all their unique personal challenges? Do any of their experiences resonate with you? 

  • How does this series present relationships? Secrets? Andi, Cyrus, and Bex have each shared secrets over the course of the series. How did it go for each of them? Watch real families talk about their reactions to Andi Mack episodes here.

  • Does Andi feel pressure to look or act a certain way to fit in among her peers? Is peer pressure something that weighs on your mind? Is popularity important to you?

  • How does Andi use her communication skills to get through tough times and stay close with her family and friends? What other character strengths are important to develop during your teenage years? 

  • Bex is a unique influence in Andi's life -- they both have lots to learn. Do you think Bex always acts like a grown-up? Why or why not? How does she learn from her mistakes? 

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