Parents' Guide to

Mia and Me

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Fantasy series has positive themes, intimidating villains.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 6+
I like the show and my 6 year old niece does, too. One reviewer said that the show has too much violence for a kids show. I don't agree with that. Of course all children are different and some are easier scared than others. I would say the violence amount and the level of scaryness is compareble to "Smurfs" to name a classic show most people know. There are fight scenes and the enemy abducts unicorns, but nobody gets severly hurt. The "weapons" used are water drops that turn the enemies into tiny creatures and a trompet like thing that sounds so awful that the enemies flee. Sometimes the heroes get scratches, but those are magically healed within seconds. So I would say it's absolutely okay for kids from about 6 if they aren't extremely sensitive. What's a little hard to tell is from which age on children can fully understand and relate to all aspects of the show. The main characters are young teens and aspects of teen life - exams, first crushes, school enemies... are dealt with. As an adult I doubt that my 6 year old niece fully understands these parts of the story. But I assume for children who are closer in age to the main characters the animated parts of the show are too childish. On the other hand - when I was 5-8 I adored Bibi Blocksberg and in this world there's the same problem. It's a story for kindergarten and elementary school aged kids, but the main character is a teen. That never bothered me as a kid. What I like are the messages of the show: Don't loose hope. Don't let bullies get you down. Rely on your friends. Don't underestimate shy and plain people/creatures. Show your friends that you appreaciate them.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 5+

Individual discretion advised

Personally as a fantasy fan, I don't like the show. I'm not into the type of animation, or cheesy script. I've read through a lot of other reviews, and agree that they could have done better when showing bullying, how the main character reacts. The flirtations etc... Aren't super in your face, but they are there. One thing I noticed is, that like many others, (example Narnia)this show has used the story of Jesus.i haven't watched the whole series, so I'm not sure where they end up going with it. Personally I'm extremely protective when it comes to how Christ is represented, so I don't think I'll allow my six year old to watch by herself. As far as scary goes, my girl wasn't fazed at all, so it really depends on the individual family and child. My kids grew up on the Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings, while others have only been exposed to Elmo and such. One thing I have very little tolerance for, is sexualization, so if it gets too be too much, this show will go the way of many others, buh bye!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22 ):
Kids say (14 ):

This series has won over fans worldwide with its unique blend of live-action and CGI animation that helps sell its sense of fantasy. It's not hard to believe in magic when you're watching it happen right before your eyes as Mia sails off for Centopia and becomes an elf in the process. For kids, Mia and Me is sure to appeal to their sense of adventure, and Mia's supporting cast of vibrant mythical creatures and the show's pleasant messages about compassion and friendship won't miss their marks.

But there are some darker themes at play here, too, and they might be a concern for sensitive kids who watch. Queen Panthea is no lightweight; she's on a mission of self-preservation that threatens all of Centopia but poses the greatest danger to the unicorns, who are bound to be among kids' favorite characters. She and her sidekick, the cruel Gargona (Norma Dell'Agnese), wage all-out war on everything peaceful and beautiful in this happy land, and while their efforts usually are thwarted, the intensity with which they plot and scheme is an element to consider in this otherwise enjoyable show.

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