Fate: The Winx Saga

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Aged-up fantasy reboot has teen fairies, violence, drinking.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 35 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Friendship, family, loyalty are all themes. Fight between good and evil and one's place in that fight are addressed. 

Positive Role Models

The students are young, often do reckless things, but most are good people. Farah Dowling and Saul Silva care about protecting the students. One of the fairies is Black, but most of the cast is White. 

Violence

Evil monsters are a threat, are sometimes visible. Bloody animal carcasses and corpses are sometimes visible. Knives, swords, other weapons are visible in training sessions and fight scenes. Some arguing between students. 

Sex

Lots of romantic tension and corresponding sexual innuendo, ranging from flirtations and talk about "shagging" to couples sleeping in bed together. 

Language

Curses like "hell," "bitch," "bollocks," "a--hole," "s--t." Sexual references like "p---y" are audible.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teen alcohol consumption (hard liquor, beer) and pot smoking are visible. Adults are seen drinking wine and hard liquor. Some drunken behavior. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fate: The Winx Saga is a live-action reimagining of the 2004 animated fantasy series Winx Club. While the original was a tween-targeted cartoon, this take is a much darker teen drama. Conflict is created by magical powers and dangerous creatures, resulting in scary images of monsters and bloody corpses. Knives, swords, and other weapons are visible both in training sessions and in fight scenes. There's lots of romantic tension and sexuality, ranging from flirtation and talk of "shagging" (aka hooking up) to couples sleeping in bed together. Language includes "hell," "bitch," "bollocks," "a--hole," and "s--t." Teens drink and smoke pot. Despite the iffy content, the show also has a strong theme of camaraderie, especially between main character Bloom (Abigail Cowen) and her roommates. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 16-year-old Written byJennifer C. January 31, 2021

For middle to older teens!

Parents who say this show is ok for ages 7+ and 10+ shouldn’t be parents. Seriously. There is talk of “f**king”, “wanting” someone’s “d*ck”, lots of drinking an... Continue reading
Adult Written byDanni H. February 7, 2021

This has way more than listen in the review, watch out with kids

This is NOT for children and with the “f**king”, wanting someone’s “d*ck and drug use, plus the prelude of a threesome it is also not for tweens.
It really suc... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySMK07 January 28, 2021

Amazing show

This is an awesome show when I was little I watched the winx club and I loved it I love how they remade it into a teen show!! There is one guy who does drugs an... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLaraJeanandPete... July 13, 2021

Its perfect for preteens

I don't understand why this is rated TV-Ma. I watched this show and I am 12. Honestly there are a couple of cuss words, and no sex. There is one steamy mak... Continue reading

What's the story?

The young adult fantasy series FATE: THE WINX SAGA is a live-action reimagining of the 2004 animated series Winx Club. When 16-year-old Bloom (Abigail Cowen) discovers that she has fiery powers, she is summoned by headmistress Farah Dowling (Eve Best) to Alfea, a magical boarding school in the Otherworld of Solaria to study among other fairies. There she meets water fairy Aisha (Precious Mustapha), earth fairy Terra (Eliot Salt), mind fairy Musa (Elisha Applebaum), and Stella (Hannah van der Westhuysen), a light fairy who comes from a legacy of magical royalty. She also meets specialists like Sky (Danny Griffin) who are training with warrior Saul Silva (Robert James-Collier) to serve as the first line of defense against the powerful enemies in their realm. While Bloom learns more about her powers and where she comes from, the dangers lurking around the school continue to grow. 

Is it any good?

This loose adaptation of the kids' fantasy series offers the wizarding-type boarding school fun of the Harry Potter franchise with the darker teen themes featured on shows like RiverdaleBloom's story is both interesting and complicated, and the interactions between the young women, though occasionally melodramatic, often show the girls empowered and strong. 

Fans of the original animated series might be disappointed by all the adolescent angst. Some may also take issue with the fact that this version isn't as diverse as the original. But despite these issues, Fate: The Winx Saga offers a story world that is easy to escape into, and easy to get caught up in, if you're looking for a fantastical universe to explore. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Bloom and her roommates. They each have magical powers, but what really makes them strong young women? How do they support each other when things get tough?

  • Why do you think the cast of Fate: The Winx Saga looks so different from the characters in the original series? What message does this send about diversity on TV? What do you think would make it more inclusive?

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