A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Friendship, family, nature, and ensuring the well-being of animals are all themes.
Positive Role Models
Non-canine cast members are from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. The adults in Zoe's life are responsible and caring. Zoe doesn’t always follow her parents’ instructions, often in order to help someone or some thing in need.
Violence & Scariness
Forest fires, avalanches, and other natural events create dangerous situations. Characters sometimes find themselves in peril (but Lassie helps save the day). Animal trauma is discussed, and there are vague references to the death of a parent.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the animated Lassie (2014) kid's series is family friendly, but characters face perilous situations like forest fires, avalanches, and other scary events that require assistance or rescue. Everyone is okay in the end, but these events may spark anxiety in young children. There are references to the death of a parent, and animal trauma, too. Some of the animal characters occasionally cause a little disruption, but these moments are more entertaining than problematic.
Is It Any Good?
The updated version of the classic series still centers on the close relationship between a child and an equally loving dog. It offers an engaging story world that is more diverse, and less patriarchal, than the original, but still delivers a sense of wholesomeness as family and friends come together, support each other, and enjoy their natural surroundings. As is typical in the franchise, their adventures can lead to some perilous moments, but the heroic dog goes to great lengths to ensure the safety of those who love her. Meanwhile, some of Lassie's animal friends (all of whom speak to each other) sometimes cause a little harmless mischief.
But despite its contemporary spin, Lassie stays away from discussions about environmentalism and climate change, despite the fact that these discussions could easily become part of the narrative. Some folks may feel that this is a missed opportunity, but others will like the fact that this version of Lassie continues the tradition of offering simple, family-friendly stories produced for a new generation of young viewers to enjoy.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.