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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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