Parents' Guide to

Jiva!

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

South African melodrama has fun nightclub dance sequences.

TV Netflix Drama 2021
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As a straightforward, young-adult melodrama, this probably wouldn't stand out, but as a vehicle for South African dance crews, the show is a lot of fun. Jiva! takes place in Durban, a real-life cultural epicenter for music and dance that will appeal to U.S. viewers to see the influence of trends in hip-hop, pop, and house music. And, while the dance competition premise itself is a cliche, the show features a strong ensemble of distinctive characters. What it might lack in plot originality, Jiva! more than makes up for with joyful performances, on and off the dance floor.

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