Parents' Guide to

Fancy Nancy

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Books-inspired series celebrates individuality, expression.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 62 parent reviews

age 2+

Book is great, show is terrible

The books are wonderful, but the show is way off. In the books she shares her interests in fanciness and French vocabulary, but the show is awful. Drama, whining, laziness, and overall poor behavior. I’m not entirely sure if the people who made the show actually read any of the stories. This is why authors should be involved in all shows based on their stories/characters. I’d love it if shows like this were just deleted from all platforms. 90% of the show is awful behavior with a half hearted “lesson” at the end. Please stop making entertainment like this for kids.

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Too much consumerism
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age 5+
i think it should not be on tv because when ever i watch it the annoying little girl nancy is always screaming or being dramatic or lazy or stupid so i would be kind of ok if they put on youtube and deleted from tv but still it’s annoying worst show ever.

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Too much consumerism
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (62):
Kids say (16):

Nancy's exuberance for life translates beautifully from page to picture in this vibrant series that enhances an already beloved children's character. Young girls especially will adore Nancy's zest for excess as it relates to her wardrobe, her vocabulary, and her many endeavors. She doesn't just set up a lemonade stand, for instance; she creates a lemonade tasting experience, complete with instructions for proper pinky finger extension on the glass tilt. With Nancy, a little effort goes a long way, vision is key, and small touches make the difference between a satisfactory day and a stupendous one.

That said, Fancy Nancy's best quality is more subtle than the titular character's colorful attire. She's an obvious model of self-expression and the importance of being true to what makes you unique, but it's her awareness of and respect for her friends' individuality that really stands out. Nancy may think that everything is better with glitz and glamour, but she acknowledges that's not everyone's thing, and that's OK. In relating to her friends, Nancy reminds viewers that being different doesn't disqualify friendship, but with acceptance can enhance it.

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