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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive themes around self-confidence, overcoming obstacles, and finding inner strength. Positive lessons and takeaways are made explicit in each episode. Some "mean girl" behavior but it's framed unambiguously as wrong.
Positive Role Models
Most of the characters are great role models who work hard to excel at a sport while also being a good friend. There are a few "mean girl" characters, but their behavior is explicitly called out as being wrong. Main character Kyra expresses her emotions and presents lessons in a concrete way kids can understand.
Some content based on stereotypes -- an Asian character feels pressure from her parents to get good grades and do a lot of extracurriculars; main plot lines focus on a stereotypical teenage girl rivalry. On the plus side: some racial diversity across the cast, including a biracial main character; lots of girl-power athletic moments. Lots of very thin girls but weight/body type is not a plot point.
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Violence & Scariness
Mean characters who try to sabotage the main character's gymnastics performance, talk about her behind her back, and tell her unkind things (no name calling). Some mild sadness around the main character being far away from her parents, and sport-related troubles.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mentions of crushes and relationships, some comments about physical appearance. Gymnasts wear typical gymnastics attire (which include midriff-revealing shirts and spandex).
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Mild profanity like 'sucks' and 'oh my God.' Expressions of mistrust and dislike between characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gymnastics Academy: A Second Chance is a gymnastics-themed TV series that includes some characters from the A 2nd Chance and A Second Chance: Rivals made-for-TV-movies. Gymnastics fans will be thrilled by the characters' skill, and the relatively mild content makes this series good for tween gymnastics enthusiasts. While there is some mild mean-girl behavior from the two villains of the series, the other characters are good role models. The show has clear positive messages, like perseverance, though many are fairly superficial. There are some minor storylines that focus on crushes and relationships. Gymnasts wear typical spandex and midriff-revealing attire, but weight and body type is not a plot point. There's mild profanity like "sucks" and "oh my God," and expressions of mistrust and dislike between characters.
Is It Any Good?
Grown-ups will roll eyes at the very on-the-nose dialogue of the characters, but tween kids into gymnastics will likely find this series irresistible. The gymnastics performances in Gymnastics Academy: A Second Chance are a real highlight. Kids will root for Kyra and against mean girls Scarlett and Maya. Their behavior verges on bullying but doesn't quite go there, and the show frames their actions as very clearly wrong. Storylines are predictable, performances are flat, and characters are not very fully fleshed out. Despite its shortcomings, gymnastics fans will enjoy living vicariously through a teenager following her athletic dreams.
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