Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Formulaic series doesn't wow, but friendly themes persist.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 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

Strong themes about friendship. Olivia and her friends feel emboldened to try new things and tackle tough challenges when they're working together. Messages about girl power are obvious as well, but this gets tricky; in some cases, they seem to advance the cause at the blatant expense of male characters, and it's more about being better than being equally abled. Some characters play the saboteur, but endings are generally happy for the main cast.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Each of Olivia's friends has a unique personality and distinct set of talents, but that makes the group stronger. Andrea is often self-centered and encourages negative behavior in her friends, but she usually learns a lesson in the end. Adults are a mixed bag; Olivia's aunt is great for support and encouragement, but the town's mayor has been known to undermine the community for his own gain.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Some attraction among the teen cast, but nothing more than flirting.

Language

Name-calling such as "loser boy."

Consumerism

The show is tied to Lego toys and playsets.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship casts animated versions of Lego toys and is set to original music that's available for download, so commercialism may be a concern for kids who are swayed by this kind of marketing. There are decent messages about friendship's positive influence on the girls and how leaning on each other helps them through difficulties, but you'll also see some infighting and mean-girl attitudes. A main character tends to be selfish and to encourage questionable behavior from her peers, but happy endings do include important lessons for her. Imbedded marketing aside, this series is OK for kids, but there are plenty of others that offer more in the way of solid content.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAnal P. January 12, 2018

Pretty lame

This show is pretty lame. The songs are lame. The stories are lame and predictable. this show doesn't really have anything poignant to say, but I guess it... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bygirl999 June 22, 2018

Like it for even 13+ Years

But why is there no more episodes?
Teen, 15 years old Written byNeon2002 March 27, 2018

Clean and fun

This is a cute show with no bad language. There is not much action, but there are lots of silly parts. This show is mostly about girl power, learning from your... Continue reading

What's the story?

LEGO FRIENDS: THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP centers on the adventures of five best friends in and around their hometown of Heartlake City. Olivia, Andrea, Stephanie, Emma, and Mia share a bond nothing can break, but that doesn't mean they don't find their share of trouble, whether it comes on the basketball court or at summer camp. When the going gets tough, you find out who your true friends are; for these young women, having each other is the key to meeting life's challenges. 

Is it any good?

This so-so Lego series is less blatant in its product placement than its predecessor, but it doesn't offer much content that distinguishes it from the numerous other shows with similar themes. The characters are very one-dimensional, which adds to the already bothersome predictability of the episodes' plots, so viewers can easily guess how each girl will react to events and how the stories will play out.

As its title implies, the teen characters learn time and again that friendship is a powerful positive force, and every story offers the opportunity to rediscover their respect for each other. That's a good thing, and it's a message that can't be overemphasized for girls in particular. While not every character is exemplary all the time, the overall effect and eventual lessons are generally decent.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this series portrays teen girls and women. Are they always supportive of each other? Is there any jealousy or discord among them? What, if any, strong female role models exist?

  • Does this show's connection to the Lego brand improve its entertainment value? In general, does what you see on TV or in the movies influence the products you buy? Why, or why not?

  • Kids: How do you deal with peers who are unkind? How does it feel when that kind of behavior comes from a friend? Does being friends mean that you always agree with each other? How can you strike a happy balance?

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