Parents' Guide to

Just Add Magic: Mystery City

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Exceptional spin-off show cooks up fun for the whole family.

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

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+

Fun Magical Sequel

Watched both this and original with my daughters. This is much more watchable as a adult. Themes are positive and acting is good. Really appreciate the split racial families like mine.
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age 7+

Loved it!

My grandchildren and I loved it! Had my grandchildren over for a 5 night stay. Mystery City was our afternoon go to everyday when the rain started and chased us indoors. They loved it and so did I. I’m still the favorite grandma! :)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (10 ):

The notable lack of iffy content, positive portrayal of family dynamics, and culturally diverse cast round out a truly wonderful and attractive series. Just Add Magic fans were left wondering what was next for the powerful cookbook after it moved on from Darbie, Kelly, and Hannah's hands, but this superb spin-off makes the wait worthwhile. Zoe, Leo, and Ish don't have instant chemistry, and so joining forces as the book's protectors takes extra effort and determination on all their parts. Alongside the tweens' often misguided efforts to fix things using magic (and then to fix the fixes themselves!) are some really likable examples of relationships that don't gloss over the inevitable bumps in the road. In particular, new step-siblings Zoe and Leo must learn how to live together in a blended family and work together effectively for the sake of their magical destinies.

Mystery City doesn't presume that viewers will know the background of the cookbook, its powers, and how it came to belong to Zoe, and so it's easy to get up to speed from the first episode. Like its parent series, this show boasts exceptional writing, well-crafted characters, and a curious storyline that reveals itself at the perfect pace to keep the interest of kids and adults alike.

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