Ever After High

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Product placement, iffy body images in creative series.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show exists mostly for entertainment, but there are some quality messages about responsibility, friendship, and defying peer pressure.

Positive Messages

A mixed bag. The series groups characters into three cliques, depending on their feelings about the irrefutable nature of destiny. In some cases, characters exceed expectations by choosing good over evil; in others, they pay little heed to the consequences of their actions because they feel their futures are predestined. Some of the teens are exceedingly vain and concern themselves greatly with their appearance and wardrobes. Girls' appearances raise issues of body image. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Another toss-up. Some, like Raven and Maddie, defy tradition in favor of free will, and they make good choices because of it. Others act a certain way (not always nicely) because it's what they think is expected of them. Adults aren't always reliable, either; some encourage disruptive or hurtful behavior because it's "in their nature."   

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The show is set in a high school, so there's a fair amount of flirting, mostly on the part of the girls who get starry-eyed and swoony when boys give them attention or fret over whether a love interest likes them. Some pair up into couples. The concept of a person being part of another's destiny is a common conversational item. 

Language
Consumerism

This Web series is inspired by a line of Mattel toys and a website. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ever After High is a Mattel presentation that's closely aligned with a product line of fashion dolls and accessories marketed toward kids. The series tells the story of the teen descendants of fairy tale celebrities such as Prince Charming, Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel, who are at odds over their beliefs about destiny and free will. This divides the cast into three cliques and causes strife among them, but at the same time, it calls attention to some characters' impressive abilities to stand up to peer pressure and heed their own values. Kids who know their fairy tales will enjoy the show's creative interplay with this "next generation" cast, but parents will have an issue with the female characters' rail-thin, sexualized body types and frequent flirtatious behavior.  

User Reviews

Adult Written byTeacherDad April 22, 2016

Typically impossible bodies and weak willed, shallow characters

I'm a dad of a 10-year-old daughter who likes this show. Shows like this drive me crazy. The girls are stereotypically weak minded, fixated on boys, etc.... Continue reading
Adult Written byKimsnothere June 9, 2016

Taking the full scope into account.

This is a great show but it really depends on what is important to you in a TV show for your children. Chances are if you have a young girl she will want to p... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycuttlefishsis August 6, 2015

Awesome!

My favorite show!
Teen, 16 years old Written byangel_155 August 7, 2016

Good for teens bad for kids...

To be honest letting kids watch this show is not really good at all... The characters portrayed wear WAY too much make up and there outfits are a little over th... Continue reading

What's the story?

EVER AFTER HIGH is an animated series set in a boarding school attended by the sons and daughters of fairy tale celebrities. At the heart of the story is Raven Queen (voiced by Erin Fitzgerald), the daughter of the Evil Queen of Snow White fame, who's struggling with what her teachers say is her destiny: to follow in the footsteps of her nefarious mother or risk ceasing to exist. But Raven has no desire to be evil, which aligns her with the school's "Rebels," who believe in free will over fate. It also puts her at odds with classmate Apple White (Jonquil Goode), leader of the "Royals" clan, who feels that Raven's questioning her destiny seriously threatens the course of her own since their stories intertwine. With ideology driving a wedge between the Ever After High students, there's much doubt as to whether anyone will find a happily-ever-after. 

Is it any good?

Much like Monster High, Ever After High is a joint Mattel endeavor of fashion dolls and a Web series. The marketing scheme is brilliant, of course, since those who watch the show inevitably will develop favorites among the characters and want the accompanying toys. There's nothing new here, as plenty of TV shows double as commercials for action figures and accessories, but the commercial angle is a factor to consider. You'll also want to scrutinize the subliminal messages about body image sent by the dolls themselves, who are impossibly thin, elaborately outfitted, and who (in the case of the girls anyway) defy the very laws of anatomical structure in their teetering high heels. The presentation is less like high school and more like a never-ending fashion show, but it is fun, and the creative interplay among the teens is especially entertaining if you know your fairy tales.

That said, there's something likable about how many of the characters address the show's burning question: Is destiny something you have to accept, or can you change yours by the choices you make? It's an issue that causes much strife among the teens and casts some of them as petulant and self-absorbed, but Raven's actions show kids the value in standing up to peer (and sometimes adult) pressure and doing what you know in your heart is right, even if it's not easy. It's also a good reminder that people usually are more than what their appearances suggest. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the relationship between TV and movie characters and products such as toys, games, and accessories. Kids: If you like a character, are you more inclined to want items that have his or her image on them? Do you find yourself drawn to certain toys in the store because of what you see on TV? 

  • Is Raven a good role model? Following her heart sometimes puts her at odds with adults. Is that OK in this case? Who do you think is right? Why do many of her peers feel differently from how she does?

  • Kids: Do you ever feel pressured to look or act a certain way because of your friends? Can peer pressure ever be a good thing? When it's a negative influence, how can you best cope with it? 

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