Knight Squad

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Unlikely pals battle stereotypes in campy fantasy sitcom.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

Two teens conspire to keep each other's secrets so both can pursue their goals against school, family rules. While their intentions may be noble and their determination admirable, it forces them to be dishonest with their friends, teachers, and parents. A mean girl pokes fun at her peers and takes advantage of the loyalty of her sidekick, who seems oblivious to the verbal meanness. On the upside, Ciara especially challenges gender stereotypes in the traditionally male-dominated field of knighthood. Some potty humor like poop jokes.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Both Arc and Ciara believe so strongly in their potential that they risk everything and break rules to achieve their goals. Adults are cast as dim for humor, which makes it easy for the teens to manipulate them. Sage takes advantage of her social status to intimidate her classmates.

 

Violence & Scariness

Slapstick physical humor like falls and crashes. Knight school students face off with baddies in fights with lots of kicking, smashing, and stomping, but it's all very choreographed. Occasionally someone goes sailing off a cliff or suffers some other sanitary death.

 

Sexy Stuff
Language

Rarely "butt."

 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Knight Squad is a fantasy-based comedy about students learning to become knights in a modern-day magical kingdom. Exaggerated humor and mediocre special effects make this show so corny that even young kids' imaginations will have trouble with it. There's a lukewarm friendship between two unlikely partners, both of whom go to great lengths to achieve their dream of knighthood. Unfortunately, though, doing so demands dishonesty from both of them since their presence breaks various school rules. A classmate's mean and controlling behavior is played for laughs. On the upside, both Arc and Ciara challenge stereotypes in their own ways, reminding kids that dreams should know no boundaries.

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Kid, 9 years old March 11, 2018

best show ever

funny and nice except for sage

What's the story?

KNIGHT SQUAD opens as an enthusiastic teen named Arc (Owen Joyner) arrives at Astoria Castle to vie for an open position in the kingdom's knight school. Because he's not descended from the required royal dragon blood, Arc must swindle and sweet talk his way in, but he backs it up with some pretty impressive skills and lands on the Phoenix Squad with Warwick (Amarr M. Wooten), Prudence (Lexi DiBenedetto), and the indomitable Ciara (Daniella Perkins). While harboring the secret of his heritage, Arc discovers Ciara has a secret of her own, and the two vow to protect each other's identities so both can realize their goals of becoming knights.

Is it any good?

A strong female lead and two underdog hopefuls challenging stereotypes and boundaries give this fantasy-based series potential, but it's far too campy to really impress. The sets and costumes are hokey at best, and the general overacting quickly wears thin. Younger kids may enjoy Arc's boyish good looks and his rapport with Ciara, but their unlikely friendship isn't enough to carry the whole show.

What stands out instead is the casual stance Knight Squad seems to take on the mutual dishonesty of the two main characters, who knowingly break rules to follow their dreams. While on one hand it reminds kids that their own dreams should know no limits (a good thing), it also makes light of their deception to do so (less good). The bottom line? This corny show entertains with silliness and physical humor, but there are better options with more substance for kids who love fantasy stories.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about setting and achieving goals. Why do Arc and Ciara refuse to accept the status quo that disqualifies them from knight school? What kinds of goals are worth taking risks?

  • How does Knight Squad present friendship among teens? Which relationships exist for the benefit of one or the other partners? What are some characteristics of positive relationships vs. negative ones? How are our relationships changed by electronic communication like texting and social media?

  • Who stands out in these stories for strong traits like determination and perseverance? Can determination ever be a negative characteristic? When it doesn't yield the results you want, why is it important to be open to new ideas?

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