A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This title is meant to entertain rather than to educate.
The story shows how challenges can be turned into opportunities as Blythe embraces her new home, makes new friends, and learns new things about herself. Diversity abounds among the animal cast members and the humans, and the variety of personalities is seen as a positive attribute. Mean girls use their status to tease their classmates about their appearances and their actions, but they typically wind up looking the fools in the end.
Positive Role Models
Blythe is creative, goal-oriented, caring, and level-headed, and she stares down peer pressure from a couple of mean peers, favoring instead quality friendships with her diverse inner circle. The animals illustrate how group members can be very different individuals, but still get along and appreciate each others' unique qualities. Blythe's dad isn't a constant presence in the show, and when he is there, he's more scatterbrained than in tune with her issues.
Products & Purchases
The show is inspired by an existing product line of toys, books, games, video games, accessories, and a website.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Littlest Pet Shop stars animated versions of characters from a popular toy line, so if your kids aren't already familiar with the tiny doe-eyed pets, they'll surely take note of them after watching the show. Two mean-girl types berate their peers, ragging on their clothing, their hobbies, and their choice of friends, and plotting mean-spirited pranks against them. On the plus side, the show's altruistic central character welcomes adventure, stays true to her values, and shows devotion in her new friendships with both her peers and the neighborhood pets, and her strength of character stems from a close relationship with her single-parent dad. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Facebook.
Is It Any Good?
Littlest Pet Shop hangs its hat on the appeal of its bobble-headed animal stars more than on content that might outshine its well-known cast, betting that kids will keep coming back for more because they feel affection for the characters. It's a win-win position for the show -- if your kids already like the Littlest Pet Shop toys, then they'll be drawn to watching them in action onscreen; if not, then watching their personalities develop will endear one or more of them to kids and almost guarantee that will translate into sales of toys, games, and other products. It's a tricky issue that influences parents' decisions about the media their kids consume, and ultimately it boils down to kids' susceptibility to this kind of imbedded advertising.
Blythe is the shining star amid otherwise run-of-the-mill characters and frivolous content of the show, and in her, kids (and girls in particular) will find a model of integrity, self-confidence, loyalty, and creativity. Even though she's faced with a difficult situation in being the new kid in town, she stays true to her values and seeks out friends who accept her for who she is. In so doing, she's able to show kids the importance of liking yourself and resisting pressure to change for the sake of an "in crowd."
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.