Parents' Guide to

Ever After High

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Product placement, iffy body images in creative series.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 9+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 6+

Very positive show

This show really surprise me. Principally because of people who judge this show without even watch. I was warned that the show was about shallow girls who dont think about boys and there was nothing about it. I was warned that it was some sex overtones and body images and also there are no such a thing. The last one was consumerism that is only present in the advertisements, not in the show. The Show got me in the clever jokes related to fairy tales, but I was surprised by the theme. In the school of fairy tail everybody learn how to fit future stereotypes and Raven Queen, the daughter of the evil witch queen is not a bad girl and she dont want to be arrested like her mother. Is amazing the pressure she suffers from students and adults to be bad and maintain the status quo. The school is even divided in Royals and Rebels. There are a colorful cast of characters with small conflicts that make the universe deep. Is a very good show with a positive message against prejudice. Is dark and mature enough to make small children feel that they are respected.

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age 12+

An awful, lazy show.

Of all the kid's TV shows over I have seen Ever After High contains so many negative elements that is barely worth a single star. The storylines feel like they are pulled randomly out of a hat, the characters, such as they are, are pretty much uniformly shallow and similarly randomly generated from show to show. The animation is appallingly cheap and lazy, all of the characters are virtually indistinguishable from each other and, worst of all, the gender stereotypes are so thickly laid on that I feels it must be a joke, or pastiche that is going over my head. The girls are utterly vapid and preening. They wear high heels and cutesy outfits ALL the time, which is hilarious in times when they "dress up for a party" and appear, scuttling In on identical 9 inch heels dressed pretty much identically. If you have a girl under 12, do not allow her to watch this garbage. AI will be designing and writing stuff like this soon, when it does, you won't be able to tell the difference such is quality of this lowest common denominator, written for the market nonsense.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (24 ):

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.

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