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Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Mock reality show plays up drama, pushes product tie-ins.

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age 8+

Based on 21 parent reviews

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This show is extremely bad for young viewers. The featured AI bot, Closet, is consistently bullied through out the show. Thence, it teaches young children that bullying is “ok” and influences them to mimic their favorite characters, thus teaching them to bully others. Watching them exclude Closet the entire show was extremely hard to watch as an adult. Unfortunately, the young viewers are unaware of these negative messages. I strongly recommend you don’t let your child watch it, for the safety of them and other young children.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21 ):
Kids say (51 ):

This mock reality series is rife with stereotypes and overwhelmed by product placement, leaving little room for content that's good for the kids (and girls especially) who might watch. Fans of Barbie toys and other animated productions will want to see what this one's about, but between ditsy, hot-tempered, and vindictive characters and Barbie's excessive materialism, you couldn't hit a decent role model if you tossed a sparkly pink cell phone into a crowded convertible.

Life in the Dreamhouse's shtick is twofold: It pokes fun at reality TV with its own arguably comical grouping of divisive personalities, and it makes subliminal jokes about its own advertising agenda by writing silly plot lines that center on happenings such as the much-anticipated arrival of a pool slide. Unfortunately, the folks who can appreciate the self-deprecating nature of these qualities aren't the show's target demographic, and the kids it aims to draw will only see image after image of characters and objects whose replicas they can buy in stores.

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