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Parents' Guide to

Malibu Rescue: The Series

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Teen snarkiness overwhelms beach-set underdog story.

TV Netflix Comedy 2019
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+
Very good and no violence but has a little aggressive in it.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (19 ):

What initially hints at being an inspirational underdog story quickly devolves into a cesspool of teenage snarkiness and stereotyping that torpedoes the show. The Valley kids are at an immediate disadvantage in their new surroundings, and no one -- not even the adult director and supposed role model -- seems willing to give them a fair chance at success. As they steel themselves against the barrage of verbal taunts, cruddy tasks, and uppity behavior of their co-workers, Dylan and her crew struggle to fit in and excel.

Malibu Rescue: The Series misses a prime opportunity to foster positive themes of tolerance and fairness among teens in a show that's geared toward the tween set. Instead of showing its diverse characters overcoming their differences, it relegates them to stringent, one-dimensional attitudes and actions that sabotage any challenges to stereotypes. The bottom line? There are better picks for this age group than a show that presents teen and working relationships like this.

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