Mily Miss Questions

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Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Lively, innovative animated series digs into big questions.

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Positive Messages

Big questions are investigated on this thoughtful show, encouraging viewers to rethink their assumptions, be curious, have the courage to ask questions. Gender stereotyping is present in some episodes, like when a boy rejects a "girly game" to go off and play soccer, and a girl is distracted by a window full of new shoes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

All the characters on this show are realistically imperfect: Mily fights with little sister Lola, Luc is an impatient teenage big brother. Adults are present and helpful, entertaining Mily's philosophical questions and giving her honest and thoughtful answers to chew on. 

Violence & Scariness

Mily investigates big questions, which can awe or even scare some children, like when she says that asking if she existed before she was born is "a bit like wondering where we go when we die." Fights between Mily and her sister can sometimes turn physical, like when Mily throws pillows at Lola and tells her "You should never have been born." 

Sexy Stuff

Romance figures slightly in some plotlines, like when Luc agrees to help Mily answer a question so she'll give him her skull badge and girls will think he's cute. Mily's questions sometimes circle around matters of reproduction, which is referred to obliquely: Mily says she was in her mom's "tummy," her mom mentions getting pregnant (but not how she got that way).

Language

No cursing, but during a fight Mily calls her sister "squirt" and "silly" (with no real malice), her brother a "big couch potato"; when a friend says something ridiculous, she sighs, "Oh, brother." 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mily Miss Questions is a philosophical animated series about a young girl who ponders life questions. Some children may be a little scared by some questions -- "Are we swirling in a void before we are born?" -- and other questions may veer toward more mature topics: "Why are people who have romantic feelings toward other people often teased?" Mily is a thoughtful and intelligent kid, and both her peers and adults take her questions seriously, each contributing their thoughts. No vulgar language is present, but characters sometimes insult each other, like when Mily calls her little sister Lola "silly" and "squirt." Arguments can also turn mildly physical, like when Mily throws pillows at Lola. Some gender stereotyping is present -- a boy would rather play soccer than a "girly" game, and a girl would rather shop for shoes than consider Mily's questions -- but characters are lively, intelligent, and playful, and this series encourages children to find their own truths. 

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What's the story?

MILY MISS QUESTIONS' Mily has a curious nature. She wants to understand the world around her, but there are so many things in life that don't make sense. What is trust? What is friendship? Why would Mom say it's great to be bored? As she investigates these and many other questions with the help of her talking dog, Pop, her 13-year-old brother, Luc, and her 4-year-old sister, Lola, she finds that life is full of wonder and mystery -- and fun!

Is it any good?

Thoughtful yet not one bit boring, this unusual animated series takes on the many "whys" of a young child's life, poking into serious questions in a way that's ultimately edifying and entertaining. When Mily's sister, Lola, notes that she's not pictured in many of Mily's older photographs, the two ponder where (or what) they were before they were inside their mom. "Zilch! Nowhere!" says Luc, shooing his sisters from his room; "I try not to think about it. It scares me a little," admits Mily's pal Penelope. Adults have other viewpoints: Perhaps, as Hindu people believe, they lived another life as an animal; maybe they existed in the dreams of their mother and father.

No one really knows -- and some of Mily's questions ultimately go unresolved. But as she ping-pongs around her neighborhood, ruminating on big questions while she plays with her friends, hangs around her house, and goes to school, she presents a powerful example of a child actively working to understand her place in the world and gain peace with what perplexes and/or upsets her. Though not every child will warm to this singular series, the kind of kid who drives her parents crazy by asking unanswerable questions will find deep reassurance watching Mily Miss Questions. She may not always find an answer to her questions, but the contemplation is valuable in and of itself. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Mily Miss Questions is aimed at children age 5 to 7. Why this age? What's unique about this age that makes children question their assumptions and what they are told? 

  • How does Mily show curiosity and courage when she wrestles with her philosophical questions? Why are these important character strengths?

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