Parents' Guide to

Austin & Ally

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Squeaky-clean musical series with platonic boy-girl friends.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 31 parent reviews

age 8+

So good!

I really loved it as a kid. It includes music, friendship and values. Teens enjoying their age!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 5+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (31 ):
Kids say (210 ):

It's no secret that Disney favors fresh-faced young talents who can also carry a tune, and Austin & Ally's style is in perfect keeping with the likes of Hannah Montana, Lemonade Mouth, and Wizards of Waverly Place, all of which have spawned soundtracks and bolstered singing careers for their marketable stars. The star power is slightly diminished in this latest addition to the ranks, but Lynch and Marano do make a harmonic (if not exactly flashy) pair, which you can bet was Disney's intention. And while their friends are making beautiful music together, Austin and Ally's sparring sidekicks, Trish (Raini Rodriguez) and Dez (Calum Worthy), keep the mood light with their offbeat antics.

There's also merit to the story's statement about relationships, and kids will recognize how changing their perspective and giving each other a second chance led to the characters' successful partnership. Ultimately the story is rooted in a fantasy-filled and fairly sterile view of teen life, but it does present a healthy boy-girl friendship that encourages each partner to expand his or her horizons and isn't encumbered by the pressures of a developing romance.

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