Lego Friends

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Commercialism overwhelms mundane show's solid role models.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 5 reviews

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

Kids see five very different girls forge a close friendship that benefits each one. Though they have different interests and goals, the girls are drawn to each other's passion and enthusiasm for achieving. Each story presents them with a challenge that's too easily solved but that conveys good messages about responsibility, forgiveness, and overcoming adversity. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Each girl has a passion for something different, from horseback riding to music. Even so, the girls aren't perfect, but they are willing to learn from their mistakes and are eager to help. Adults are secondary to the stories, but when they're present, they help guide the girls in positive ways, as when Olivia's aunt encourages her to meet new people and make friends.    

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The show often feels like a lengthy commercial for the Lego Friends line of toys, taking care to spotlight various buildings and accessories in the course of an episode. Even those that don't look like traditional Lego structures have features that show them as such. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lego Friends is an animated series based on the characters and play sets in the Lego toy line of the same name, so it serves the dual purpose of entertaining kids and promoting merchandise. The characters are five strong, big-hearted teen girls who are good examples of the value of friendship. Social rivalry and other troubles arise in each story, but the girls overcome them in ways that celebrate cooperation, responsibility, and individuality. However, despite these positive messages, this somewhat plodding series feels more like an extended commercial than it does a solid contender for kids' attention. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6-year-old Written byetsim19 May 3, 2019

Better than Barbie...

My daughter discovered this show on Netflix, and I've watched several episodes with her. I don't like watching a lot of kids shows with her, but this... Continue reading
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byadhumash March 2, 2019

Its 11+

I noticed girls in this looks bit grown up and kids showing affection to opposite sex. I guess its not giving anything to kids. Its probably making kids more cl... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 18, 2020

childhood

I grew up on this show. New one sucks. Watch the old one only.
Kid, 10 years old October 7, 2019

Good show for the whole family

This show is probably not the best show ever, but if you're looking for something kind of cheesy and just like cozy-day-you-want-to-sit-around-and-watch-so... Continue reading

What's the story?

As a newcomer to Heartlake City, Olivia feels lonely and out of place, but a chance encounter with Andrea, Emma, Stephanie, and Mia changes all that. Despite their differences, these five teens become the best of friends, and adventures soon follow. From planning a surprise party to rescuing the town's marquee animal event, these pals show there's nothing they can't get through when they work together. 

Is it any good?

This CGI series is pleasant enough, and its themes are worthwhile for kids, but it lacks a certain pizzazz that would convince parents it's more than just a lengthy Lego commercial. The stories are formulaic and seem designed for product placement, often hopping from one venue (ahem, play set) to another without furthering the plot. There are even instances of structures falling into heaps of bricks for no particular reason other than to remind those watching that they are indeed made of Legos.

Even so, LEGO FRIENDS captures the best qualities of friendship and illustrates them nicely for kids. Olivia and her friends never let their differences get in the way of what makes them alike, and they always appreciate each other's special qualities. It's not a perfect production, but this show has some merit for kids, so long as watching doesn't give them the "gimmes" when they walk down the Lego aisle at the store.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes the characters such good friends. Are there qualities they all share? Do any of them have similar interests? Do you always agree with your friends? When you don't, how do you settle your differences? 

  • Kids: Does watching this show and others like it make you want the toys that are featured? Do you think that's what this show's purpose is? Why do we like to have products with characters' faces on them?  

  • How has the evolution of devices changed how kids play? What can be learned by hands-on play that isn't accessible in screen-based play? Similarly, what are the benefits to reading a story instead of watching one on TV or in a movie? 

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