Parents' Guide to

Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Friendship, fun, marketing tie-ins in likable Barbie show.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 10+

Barbie show is just what you expect

With much reluctance, I allowed my 8 year old to watch this. Before I get to the cons, there were a few pros: family members are supportive of each other, problem-solving lessons as a team, and a few non-stereotypical gender roles (e.g., Mom is a computer programmer, one of the female characters is a basketball fan). However, none of these could overcome the tiresome roles, typical of this genre: lots of electronics featured (e.g., pop-up TV screens in the kids' bedrooms) and TONS of gender-stereotypes (e.g., teen girl getting upset because she broke a nail, Dad telling Mom she is "pretty" in an effort to make-up after an argument). If your child is going to watch a show, pick something better.
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age 4+

Surprisingly good!

I love watching this show with my daughter! Barbie is a much better role model now than she was when I was a kid. I love how each of her sisters are well-developed and have their own interests and personalities, so there are multiple characters for your child to relate to. Barbie shares her (mild) issues and how she overcame them in a vlog, which I think is great for younger viewers that can’t always figure out the morale of the story on their own.

This title has:

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Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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As franchise-heavy TV series go, this addition to Barbie's repertoire is refreshingly tasteful. It's essential to know -- and for your kids to be aware -- going into it that everything about Barbie's world probably has a merchandise equivalent gracing the toy store shelves. If your kids are easily influenced by the temptations of this kind of crossover between what they see and what they want, you might want to skip this one.

Happily, though Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures doesn't depend solely on its famous namesake to keep viewers' interest. The stories are relatable to real life, dealing with mishaps, misunderstandings, and comical set-ups, and they're always lighthearted. In every case, kids see Barbie and the rest of the gang making fun memories embracing new experiences and prioritizing friendship and family.

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