Mira, Royal Detective

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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 Parents recommend
Clever girl's adventures expose viewers to Indian culture.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

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. Series also introduces kids to some elements of Indian culture, including traditional manners of dress, architecture, cuisine, transportation.

Positive Messages

Kids see Mira step into a role that challenges her intellectually, allows her to help people around her. As mysteries present themselves, she approaches them methodically, uses critical thinking skills to solve them. Series is set in Indian culture, encouraging respect for diversity. Strong themes of teamwork, close relationships among extended family members. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

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. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mira, Royal Detective centers on a clever young girl who helps the people in her Indian community by solving mysteries. This series incorporates many aspects of Indian culture in authentic ways, 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySmiles97 May 10, 2020

Eh, it looked good in previews..

A show that promises to show the diversity of an unseen culture in American children’s TV, sadly lacks any real entertainment value. The ‘cases’ the main charac... Continue reading
Parent of a 3, 8, 8, 8, and 8-year-old Written bySarah R. December 18, 2020


My girls, ages 4 and 8, really enjoy it. I like watching it with them as well! The mysteries are very simple, but they are at a level that kids can understand.... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 18, 2020


Okay.. Mira is praised like a god even tho her cases are so easy, Mikku and Chikku are SO ANNOYING IT HURTS I give it 2 stars because Racial Diversity and Mira... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byLoranikas303 April 13, 2020

What's the story?

A young girl gets the gumshoeing gig of a lifetime in MIRA, ROYAL DETECTIVE. The series centers on 8-year-old Mira (voiced by Leela Ladnier), an Indian girl whom Queen Shanti (Freida Pinto) taps as the next detective to serve her kingdom of Jalpur. When mysteries need solving, Mira steps up to gather clues and piece together a solution with the help of her mongoose pals, Chikku (Utkarsh Ambudkar) and Mikku (Kal Penn), and assorted family members and friends.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what Mira and other members of her community teach them about Indian culture. How does their manner of dress differ from what's common where you are? How does life in their community compare to yours? Why is it important to be respectful of differences among people? 

  • What examples of teamwork do you see in Mira, Royal Detective and Mira's work to solve the mysteries in her kingdom? How does working with other people help us to gain a different perspective from our own? On the other hand, what challenges make working together difficult at times?

  • What character strengths make Mira a good detective? Does she ever give up on a mystery? How does it feel to finally accomplish something that took perseverance to achieve?

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