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Parents' Guide to

Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

H2O spin-off reels in more fun for kids, teens.

TV Netflix Drama 2013
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 23 parent reviews

age 6+

Great show!

I think this show is great for kids, I saw some reviews on here saying that it’s a show for tweens and stuff like that but my 10 year old daughter thought it was to kiddie, but my 8 year old loves it, there’s nothing inappropriate, sure most of them become couples, and they kiss, mainly Zac and Evie, and they also cuddle, but no makeout sessions or anything like that, I think it’s great for 6 and up. Also I think I heard them sometimes call each other stupid, but no serious language, and there is a little fantasy violence. But overall I think it’s a pretty good show.
age 8+

Cheap Tacky And Boring

As a huge H2O:Just Add Water fan I was disappointed when it stopped airing and only got three seasons. I could on rewatch it on Netxlix and suggested came Mako Mermaids so I thought why not. I had high hopes for this spin off but it failed to meet them. The first season was tolerable.... I enjoyed the contrasting personalities and twist on the plot. As the series changed I swear all the characters were bipolar, I coudln't pin point their personalities. Then this merman was in it and seemed to have to constantly be remind he had a six pack and was a rip off from H2O's Will. The acting from 'David' and 'Serena' was awful. They had no romantic chemistry on set and then again we had those rip offs of other characters. This was meant to have new characters but Serenea was the perky, bubbly mermaid like Bella who always resolved fights, has a perfect girl next door character, can't tell the boy how she feels and amazing voice. By season 2 the only good actresses left the show, surely they realised that this wou don't end up well, the character explanation for the disappearance was stupid. They abandoned their friend on their mission to search for a new home, surely Serena should of gone with them. Enters these two annoying girls out of nowhere, once again are bipolar, they're sweet, they're mean, they're moody, they're always happy. They can't walk on legs for a few minutes then suddenly are fine. The acting from them is better than others but still isn't fantastic. Series 2-kill me now- is awful. I had expectations and I gave up after a while. The acting didn't improve, unneeded new characters arrived, one leaves so they shove a few more in?! It was a rip off H2O, no surprise! Season 1 and 2 was un creative. They ripped off so many things, yes it's the same creators but they couldn't they think of something original? Camping on Mako, Ambergris, Pool Party, Exposed, Mako Island Gettinh Turned Into A Buisness, same moon effects etc. It was bland and predictable. They didn't have a new plot but shoved in the same characters. The acting was poor. Script awful. Predictable plot. Rip off of H2O. Wouldn't recomend. H2O has talented actors who actually got somewhere with their careers after(Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin) and can act. The script is witty, more believable and has amazing effects. The plot, though similar to Mako Mermaids, isn't prediactable and exciting and grips you from the start. It is original. Amazing show Maybe I had too high of hopes but the character's personalities are split, sin isle got the other show and dear God please actually have actors who can actually act and show chemistry. The couples show no sign of liking towards each other and it so pathetic. They try to add music but her voice isn't suited to our pop music so instead she sings songs that nobody would ever listen to. I won't deny she can sing but it is overdone nowadays. Bella, from H2O, has catchy songs and back a few years ago I would listen to her non stop. The music was amazing and well written. I know I'm comparing the two shows a lot but it is meant to be a spin off and I was hoping for a more modernised version of the show. I had expectations. The only good role model is Serena really but she is way too perfect and can't say no. The others are obnoxious and fiery. The messages are good but the friendships are very rocky in this. It doesn't involve anything horrible in it in terms of violence, a few power battles and an odd almost fight but it might be entertaining for those who haven't saw H2O. It would be a great show for young girls but those over 10 will see my point.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (23 ):
Kids say (45 ):

Hoping to reel in some of H2O's success with viewers, Mako Mermaids retains many touches of the original, most evidently the emphasis on three beautiful teen mermaids who aren't exactly best friends in the beginning but whose relationship evolves over time. New to the mix is a male character, and a merman at that, which gives the show a distinct flair and a little more macho charisma. It's possible that this change could entice the boy demographic somewhat, but more likely it will just ramp up the appeal to the girls who are already watching.

Mako Mermaids marks a change in the tone of Netflix's original series, which previously had churned out only shows meant for an older audience. Of course, introducing kids to online TV raises its own concerns, so if this is your kids' first experience with this, that is a factor to consider. As for this show, though, its generally benign content welcomes a range of ages, and the mermaids' awkward fish-out-of-water storyline provides many laughable moments. There are also touches of mythology and subtle thinking points about tolerance and individuality that can be gleaned from the story if kids are so inclined.

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