Four and a Half Friends

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Mystery solving series has relatable, positive themes.

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Positive Messages

Friendship, teamwork, loyalty, problem-solving, and growing up all themes. Problems have thoughtful, positive solutions.   

Positive Role Models & Representations

They aren't perfect, but teens are good friends and loyal to each other.  

Violence

Mild arguments, occasional mean looks or growls, chases, but no injuries. Mysteries include petty thefts, computer hackings, and other mischievous deeds. 

Sex

Teen crushes, boyfriends, online dating discussed, but it's all pretty innocent. 

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Consumerism
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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the detective-themed animated series Four and a Half Friends highlights friendship, teamwork, and problem-solving. It also incorporates some of the insecurities young teens experience while growing up, and deals with them in positive ways. Sometimes the junior sleuths take clue hunting too far (like pulling a smoke alarm), but there are negative consequences as a result. There are also some innocent discussions about romantic crushes, boyfriends, and adult online dating. There's nothing violent aside from occasional scary looks, and mysteries include solving petty crimes and computer hacking, not murders or anything gory. 

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What's the story?

Based on the popular books by German writer Joachim Friedrich, FOUR AND A HALF FRIENDS (aka Cuatro amigos y medio) is a Spanish series about a group of junior detectives who love finding and solving mysteries around town. Charly, Stefi, Raddish, and Fred are just an average group of teenagers dealing with school, romantic crushes, and other personal issues. But when they come together as the Charly & Co. Detective Agency, they put their sleuthing skills together and crack open cases. A stray dog, who they name Dandy, becomes their canine partner. From finding some stolen earrings to determining if one of their teachers is a bank robber, the gang uncovers lots of interesting answers while learning about themselves and the people around them along the way. 

Is it any good?

This fun series shows how ordinary kids can experience extraordinary things when they come together as a team. Each episode is told from a different character's point of view, which offers more insight into their lives and personal struggles. Furthermore, every case the group successfully solves reveals moments of personal growth and awareness.  

Many of the show's themes, which range from fearing a strict teacher to being poor and ashamed of your home, reflect interests, insecurities, and concerns that kids everywhere may have while growing up. These are dealt with in positive, relatable ways. But Four and a Half Friends also has some interesting plot twists, and lots of humorous moments, which makes it very entertaining.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the things tweens and teens worry about in their daily lives. Can you identify with the concerns the members of Charly & Co. have? What do you think about the solutions this show offers to these problems?

  • Why is it called Four and a Half Friends? Who is the "half friend," and why? 

  • What are some of the challenges that come with adapting a book series to a show or movie? What if the book is from another country? 

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