Bratz

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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The Bratz dolls have their own TV show. Beware.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 46 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

No adults to provide proper boundaries in this unreal world. The Bratz are poor role models -- their focus is fashion and appearance.

Violence

Boys threaten to "bash" each others' faces in. Girls punch each other when they fight.

Sex

Clothing is so skimpy that it's sexually suggestive.

Language

Name calling -- "You stupid moronic idiots!"

Consumerism

Obvious tie-in to Bratz dolls. It's all about clothing, cars, and consumerism. When a girl gets mugged she complains that she won't be able to go shopping.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this program is basically a commercial for the dolls that fill the shelves in the toy aisle. The Bratz dress in skimpy clothes, totter around in high heels, and wear too much makeup. They all have tiny waists and collagen-enhanced lips and focus almost exclusively on fashion and appearance. There are no adults to provide proper boundaries in this unreal world.

User Reviews

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Parent Written byCommonSenseParent November 25, 2010

Overdramatic Adults Freak Out About Little Kid's Show

Little children don't see the Bratz dolls as "sexy," they just think that they are pretty dolls. All the people that try to criticize Bratz produ... Continue reading
Adult Written bynduns October 20, 2009

Quite possibly the most insulting show ever made

I can't believe 4kids would stoop so low. I mean, I know their anime dubs have been either okay or garbage, but at least their original shows and the Amer... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bydoremi21 March 20, 2013

The truth behind Bratz

I personally think Bratz is a positive role model that gives positive messages. The reason I say that is because when I was younger(remind you i'm 16 now).... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old November 24, 2011

Talk to your kids, Bratz is a BAD idea.

Bratz have skinny bodies and ALOT of makeup. Bratz is not good for anyone in my opinion. There are also Bratz dolls. Teens may like it but me....... NO. P.S:... Continue reading

What's the story?

BRATZ is based on the Bratz doll line. The Bratz in the show are best friends who tell each other "I am so here for you!" and "Tell me what's wrong, Pretty Princess." They attend Stiles High School and work on a fashion magazine outside of school.

Is it any good?

Bratz are the modern-day Barbie dolls whose vampy appearance has upset many parents seeking healthy role models for their daughters. Mind you, these dolls are marketed to tween girls, whose notions of womanhood are still being formed. But it gets worse. The TV show computer-animates these dolls, providing them with voice, a theme song, and a world where parents are absent and teens make all the rules. They wear so much makeup that they look like they loaded up on too many samples at the cosmetics counter.

In one episode, the Bratz are expected to put on a fashion show for their fashion class. The boys of the show contribute by singing a hip-hop song about hanging out and checking out "all the girls." The Bratz then triumphantly appear decked out in high boots and mini-skirts so skimpy that a faulty camera angle would make Janet Jackson's Super Bowl exposure seem innocent. Parents will absolutely want to screen this program to see if it's appropriate for their kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what fashion means. How much emphasis should be put on clothing? What's the difference between a healthy self image and an unhealthy obsession with appearance? Do the bodies of the Bratz girls look like the bodies of real girls?

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