A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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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