Parents' Guide to

Bella and the Bulldogs

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Likable series tackles gender barriers in thoughtful ways.

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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 10 parent reviews

age 14+

All about dating

Well can be a crash course on dating. Some reviewers talk about positive message. True, it makes about 2% of the series. The rest is about how to package (and for parents how to raise) a girl to be a product attractive for boys. The rest is a shallow message to push this deeper message in disguise. The girls are just obsessed with boys and with getting their attentions. Parents are not present at all, and scarcely are teachers: portraying a society without any guidance and kids do whatever they think it is correct and of course they don't have any other learning responsibilities or even any sense of what their future should look like. Promotes an empty lifestyle with no future.
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age 9+

A show with a great message!

The first episode was mostly about football and how Bella didn't quit but all the other episodes were a little too much about dating and not enough about football. Each episode has a good message anyway. Bella's two best friends are Pepper and Sophie and they are very different. That helps make the show funny. I think if your kids want to watch this, they should.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (29 ):

Girls on the football field isn't exactly groundbreaking news these days, but BELLA AND THE BULLDOGS is a highly likable series that takes the gender-equality message a step further by making Bella an impressive role model. She's charismatic, caring, and conscientious, and, oh, by the way, she can throw a pigskin the length of the field. What makes her even more appealing is that she doesn't take her position for granted; when the going gets tough, she buckles down, puts on her game face, and works harder for herself and her team.

Of course, her challenges are pretty mild compared to what they might be in a real-world scenario, but kids who watch won't question why troubles resolve themselves so quickly in Bella's experience, and that's OK. What they will notice is a girl following her dreams, despite other people's doubts and the trends of the past, changing people's prejudices as she does so. She's surrounded by friends who support her and adults who encourage her, and she earns every bit of her success. As media messages go, kids could certainly do worse than what this show has to offer.

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