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Katie Morag

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Young Scottish girl's rural life has gentle lessons, fun.

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Educational Value

Lessons are offered about what’s important in life, making mistakes, and other social emotional learning topics. 

Positive Messages

Loving life, being kind, and enjoying the world around you are all themes. So is the importance of family and friends. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Katie isn’t perfect, but is a good, generous child overall. Her family is close knit, and offer important lessons. The villagers are kind. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Katie Morag, which was adapted from a popular Scottish children’s book series, is charming, fun, and intended for young viewers. There’s nothing to worry about here, but kids who prefer more energetic shows may find it pretty slow. Some stateside children may find some of the Scottish vernacular difficult to understand, but the general storylines are easy to follow. 

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What's the story?

Adapted from a book series by Mairi Hedderwick, KATIE MORAG is an award-winning, live-action series about a feisty 7-year-old Scottish girl living on the fictional island of Struay. Katie Morag McColl (Cherry Campbell) lives happily with her busy parents Peter and Isobel (Kenneth Harvey and Gail Watson), who run the village shop and post, and her little brother Liam (Peter and Finlay MacMillan). When she’s not spending time with her friends Sacha (Riti Shrestha) and Agnes (Ailsa Graham), she enjoys spending time with her beloved grandmothers, Granma Mainland (Barbara Rafferty) and Grannie Island (Ann Louise Ross). Katie Morag is always full of brilliant ideas, which lead to some fun adventures, and lessons learned along the way.  

Is it any good?

The charming series spins entertaining tales about a smart and energetic Scottish Highland girl. Katie’s energy, generosity of spirit, and determination exhibited during her antics are reminiscent of the sweet and plucky stories of Lucy Maude Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables. But despite the charming world in which she lives, Katie Morag is more contemporary, and because it is geared towards younger children, it offers shorter episodes with more simplified narratives. Granted, the local Scottish vernacular will be unfamiliar to some stateside viewers, but overall, the innocent stories are easy to understand. Children who prefer watching more energetic, animated content probably won’t gravitate towards it, but those who enjoy the books, or who like quieter, more story-driven t.v. shows, will find it bonnie good

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it’s like to live in the Scottish Highlands. Is it as remote or wild as it appears in the series? What does Katie Morag do there for fun?

  • What does Katie Morag teach us about family and community? 

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