Mighty Mustangs

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Girl power, friendship, diversity in Aussie sports comedy.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

The story follows a girls soccer team whose members must battle discrimination from their peers and from adults to be taken seriously. The teammates are a diverse group, including members of color, varying abilities on the soccer field, and different ethnic backgrounds. They coalesce over their shared interest in being part of a team, and the experience teaches them a lot about themselves and about friendship. Strong themes of perseverance and determination. Rival players can be bullies, and in one case make fun of Liv's size, calling her "fat." Some bathroom references and potty humor.


Positive Role Models & Representations

Marnie is the team leader and unyielding in her efforts to get her team to succeed, but her vision of success is less about wins than it is about the team experience. She doesn't take "no" for an answer and refuses to get discouraged by other people's actions. Her teammates are supportive and encouraging, and they accept each other without regard for their differences. Other characters are less admirable, making rude remarks about female players in a soccer league, and, in one case, calling Liv names because of her weight.



Some flirting among teens. Also references to body parts, as when a boy tells a girl that she will put "boob dents" in his jersey if he lets her wear it. Girls talk about their periods. It's suggested that boys draw phalluses inside their lockers.


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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mighty Mustangs is an Australian comedy series about an unlikely girls soccer team that battles stereotypes in order to be taken seriously by the league, their competitors, and their peers. At the center of the story is Marnie, an indomitable optimist who refuses to give up on her dreams but never lets them become more important than her friendships. The show has a strong "girl power" theme and a very diverse cast, underscoring the value of building relationships on shared experiences while respecting differences. Expect some brief mention of matters like menstruation, bathroom habits, and the like, as well as some mild flirting among teens in this appealing series with strong female role models.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byrealadult101 January 2, 2019

Great show for kids who love soccer!

Real good, bit cheesy, bit on the nose with the moral messages, entertaining nonetheless. Particularly aimed at pre-teen/teen girls. Reminds me of my own soccer... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 20, 2018

Funny but with important messages

I find this TV show very inspiring because of the good role models in it. The main character is constantly trying to give older girls a good opportunity to play... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJennifermuz August 16, 2018

What's the story?

MIGHTY MUSTANGS centers on Marnie (Emmanuelle Mattana), a soccer enthusiast who fields a misfit team and wrangles a coach into leading them in an effort to compete in the local league. Marnie has big dreams on the soccer pitch, but when she ages out of playing with the boys and the snobbish Wildcats give her an ultimatum she simply can't agree to, she and her best friend, Liv (Ashleigh Marshall), must recruit players on their own. They wind up with a ragtag team including high-strung Anusha (Gemma Chua-Tran), reclusive Bella (Molly Broadstock), and talented Ruby (Celine Ajobong). At the same time, Marnie balances a new family dynamic when her mom's boyfriend, Kev (Stephen Hall), moves in with his daughter, Lara (Monique Heath).

Is it any good?

Girl power reigns supreme in this funny and heartwarming Aussie comedy about friendships that defy all kinds of differences. The Mustangs are a veritable cross-section of modern society, with various ethnicities, personality types, and yes, even physical sizes represented among the athletes. But rather than gloss over this aspect of the character pool, Mighty Mustangs brings it to the forefront and presents it in positive ways. This is especially true in the case of Liv, who acknowledges that her weight makes her different from her friends but never lets herself be defined by it. This proactive and honest content is a breath of fresh air in kids and tween programming.

The interference the Mustangs face from all directions feels a bit overblown at times, but it serves the valuable purpose of inspiring the characters' actions, which are full of great illustrations of perseverance and self-belief. Expect a fair amount of meanness on the part of the story's bullies, but overall a great presentation of positive teen relationships and the unifying impact of sports.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how different female characters are cast in Mighty Mustangs. Is there value in presenting some as bullies? Which girls stand out as positive role models? What character traits do you most admire in them? Teamwork? Compassion

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  • In what ways does Mighty Mustangs suggest that there's strength to be found in diversity? How does seeing characters of different colors, ethnicities, and body types affect your perception of what is the "right" look? Why is it important to have a positive self-image?

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