Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Friendship, fun, marketing tie-ins in likable Barbie show.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

Barbie and her sisters are very close and enjoy spending time together. Their adventures are fun and harmless, and they usually involve one or more siblings or friends helping the others. Technology plays a big role in their lives, as teens are often shown using a phone or other device, and Barbie posts vlogs in which she muses about her life.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Barbie loves to have fun and enjoys spending time with her sisters and friends. Parents are involved with their children, and some of the stories show the Roberts family spending quality time together.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The series features the characters and accessories from Mattel's Barbie franchise.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures is an animated series starring the characters, settings, and accessories from Mattel's Barbie line of toys, games, clothing, and more. As such, commercialism is the biggest concern for the young target audience. The stories themselves are likable and show Barbie, her sisters, her parents, and her friends dealing with a challenge or adventure of some sort that requires a team effort and some ingenuity to overcome. Barbie addresses viewers directly through the guise of vlogs she records and shares, so electronics are visible throughout the show. This is a classic know-your-kid situation; if yours is prone to the gimmes when TV and merchandise cross, then you might think twice about the show.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 year old Written byJenny C. May 18, 2018

Great show!

My daughter loves this show and I don't mind letting her watch it! It has a lot of things to be proud of in it. Women who make robots and program computers... Continue reading
Adult Written byzonarocks22 May 13, 2018

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, prob... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byfbi agent June 1, 2018

Pretty good, for barbie

Barbie has always given good messages about life, and this new Barbie series isn't any different. It's not the most diverse in any sense of the word,... Continue reading

What's the story?

BARBIE DREAMHOUSE ADVENTURES opens as the Roberts family moves into a new home they designed themselves. For Barbie (voiced by America Young), that means lots of room for her to record her vlogs and hang out with her BFF, Ken (Ritesh Rajah). Her sisters, Stacie (Cassandra Morris), Skipper (Kirsten Day), and Chelsea (Cassidy Naber) also love their new digs, complete with features like a DJ station and an indoor basketball hoop so they can pursue their passions. When they're not at home, Barbie and her sisters and friends embark on fun and unexpected adventures around their hometown of Malibu.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how advertising influences our buying habits. Does seeing products with your favorite characters on make them more appealing? What other similarities do you notice in the items you are drawn to in a store? Is heavy advertising necessarily a bad thing? Do you consider Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures an ad?

  • Kids: How does Barbie's relationship with her siblings compare to yours? What is special about a sibling bond as opposed to a friendship? What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with your brothers and/or sisters?

  • What character strengths do you see in Barbie? How do they help make her a likable character? What are the dangers to how we think about ourselves if we use fictional characters as a standard?

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