Parents' Guide to

H2O: Mermaid Adventures

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Animated version of hit Aussie series makes a splash.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 7+

Its a decent show for kids

The show was enjoyable. It contained some good kids elements and the likable redesign of the protagonists from the original show. I'm just curious why people would complain about the "talking fish". It was one of the new features that my young sibling loved from this show. The only downside was the art style which was relatively poor. But besides this it fairly decent.
age 13+

Terrible role models

Kids can learn all about inappropriate things like calling women “gold diggers”, flirting and being rough and abusive towards younger siblings. All from the main characters of the show. Not to mention propagating female stereotypes about body image, shallowness and bullying. Has been happily blocked from my daughter’s Netflix account.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13):
Kids say (4):

This engaging animated series has strong examples of friendship and self-esteem that will resonate with young audience members. What Rikki, Cleo, and Emma initially see as an inconvenience quickly becomes an exciting new adventure for them, and they embrace all that their new identities enable them to do. Rather than focusing on what the change has cost them (most obviously the ability to touch water without transforming, which has its complications), they embrace how it's altered their life in positive ways, giving them new friends and new opportunities.

Much of H2O: Mermaid Adventures' plot parallels what was established in the live-action series on which it's based, but there are a few notable changes that will further delight kids. The fact that the girls can talk to the sea creatures they meet opens up a whole new pool of characters to enjoy, from Zita the curious eel to Sue the mystical manta ray. As Rikki, Cleo, and Emma balance their lives under the sea and onshore, they're challenged in new ways as individuals and as a team.

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