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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Mira's adventures expose viewers to problem-solving skills like identifying the problem, collecting and analyzing data (or clues), and using that information to come up with a hypothesis. The show also presents elements of Indian culture, including Hindu and Muslim holidays, traditional clothing, architecture, cuisine, transportation.
Kids see Mira step into a role that challenges her intellectually and allows her to help people around her. As mysteries present themselves, she approaches them methodically, using critical thinking skills to solve them. Strong themes of teamwork, close relationships among extended family members.
Positive Role Models
Mira is determined and resourceful, and never meets a challenge she can't overcome. She thinks quickly on her feet, values other people's help when it's offered. In putting her faith in Mira's abilities in her role as royal detective, the queen challenges assumptions about the type of person who could do the job.
Set in the fictional city of Jalpur, India, the enormous diversity within the country is celebrated through Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, and other Indian representations. Cultural accuracy is helped through behind-the-scenes consultants, plus a mostly authentic cast of voice actors. Episodes showcase holidays like Diwali, Eid, Holi, Teej; art forms of mehndi and rangoli; and Indian foods and music. Girls are championed: Mira is clever and empowered. Her friends run the gamut of other girls, aunties, male cousins, and lovable animated mongooses in this joyful series inspired by Indian culture.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mira, Royal Detective centers on a clever young girl who helps the people in her community by solving mysteries. Set in the fictional city of Jalpur, this series incorporates many aspects of Indian culture including cuisine, music, architecture, modes of transportation, and language. The stories challenge Mira and her friends to work as a team, collecting clues and piecing them together to solve the mysteries that arise in their kingdom. Mira's extended family members are important people in her life, conveying the idea that "family" isn't limited to a nuclear unit. This sweet series includes lively music and just the right touch of fantasy (animals that talk, vehicles that can fly, etc.) for its young audience.
Is It Any Good?
There's lots to love about this thoughtfully crafted preschool series and its many positive takeaways. To visit Mira's kingdom is to immerse oneself in elements of Indian culture, from manners of dress to music to traditional celebrations. It's clear that authenticity was a primary goal of the team behind Mira, Royal Detective, and the attention to detail in creating the Indian-inspired setting and in matching voice actors with the characters is evident and appreciated.
Mira herself is delightful to tag along with; she's a friend to everyone, a resourceful detective, and a loyal member of her family and her community. Her willingness to help others and her determination to never give up on a cause make her a good role model for young kids. The show doesn't treat the inherent cultural exposure as a social studies lesson, but for those unfamiliar with Indian culture, the exposure that comes from watching Mira in her surroundings encourages respect for diversity.
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