A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Never give up on your dreams. Hard work pays off.
Positive Role Models
Brooklyn and Malibu have great respect for friendship. The girls persevere towards their performing arts dreams, though they sometimes are deceptive to get what they want.
Brooklyn is a young Black female lead character, and even takes on the iconic name Barbie Roberts. Rafa is a Latino fashion-forward character who infuses Spanish words into his speech. Brooklyn's parents are godparents to children who have two dads. Brooklyn's mom is Black and an airline pilot.
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Products & Purchases
Brooklyn and Malibu wear outfits and accessories that their dolls that are sold in stores wear. Other items that are sold in the Barbie franchise -- like the Barbie camper and even muffin pans from the Barbie Dreamhouse -- are included in the show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Barbie: It Takes Two is a TV series based on the movie Barbie: Big City Big Dreams. In it, Barbie "Malibu" Roberts (America Young) and Barbie "Brooklyn" Roberts (Tatiana Varria) are chasing their musical dreams as students at the Handler School of Performing Arts. The show promotes positive messages about going after dreams, working hard, and persevering in the face of obstacles. Malibu and Brooklyn are mostly admirable characters who are driven and loyal to their friendship. That said, they sometimes resort to deception to get what they want. For example, they hoodwink their parents when moving out of their summer dorm room and mislead a judge in an audition. The show has a racially diverse cast and acknowledges that families come in all shapes and sizes.
Is It Any Good?
Barbie fans who fell in love with the Malibu/Brooklyn dynamic duo in Barbie: Big City Big Dreams will be eager to binge this fun, musical show. Barbie: It Takes Two continues the girls' journeys towards pop stardom with upbeat music, bright colors, and a dramatic plot. Young kids can tune in and will likely enjoy, but there may be some content related to the performing arts that goes over their heads. As with most Barbie shows and movies, parents should be mindful that their little ones may ask to expand their Barbie collections after watching.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.