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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Excellent examples of courage and self-confidence, as well as the ability to solve problems on the fly.
Kids see Nella and her friends embark on altruistic quests to solve problems through cooperation and ingenuity. Not all the troubles she aims to solve affect her directly; instead, she's willing to shoulder burdens for other people as well, inspired by her desire to help. Nella challenges gender stereotypes by being both a traditional princess and a courageous knight in shining armor.
Positive Role Models
Nella's determination is overshadowed only by her loyalty to her friends and neighbors. She's always willing to put aside her own needs to solve someone else's troubles. Even when things don't work out on the first try, Nella stays focused on the result and confident that she and her friends can save the day. Sir Garrett is faithful to his friend and her quests. Some supporting characters cause more trouble than they solve, but they're good examples of how not to be.
Violence & Scariness
Nella carries a sword with her but transforms it into whatever tool or object is most helpful for the task at hand.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nella the Princess Knight centers on a young princess who's also a knight in actual shining armor. She starts each story as a traditional princess engaged in royal activities but transforms when she or her friends encounter a problem that needs solving. The message in just this quality alone is great for kids, reminding them that we're not defined by how we look but by what we believe we can do. As such, Nella is an excellent role model for young girls in particular, though the show has broad appeal for youngsters in general and balances the gender scale with an equally admirable boy character in Sir Garrett. These worry-free stories are imaginative and engaging with music, magic, and just the right amount of silliness.
Is It Any Good?
The fact that Nella can't be typecast is her greatest strength, reminding kids that their potential knows no bounds. She's graceful, gentle, and thoughtful in her princess persona, plus determined and brave as a knight. These qualities create a heroine kids can be proud to admire.
Of course that alone won't sell kids on this show. Fortunately Nella the Princess Knight is a lot of fun, filled with funny moments and messy encounters in a place where berry bushes can pelt people with their fruits and volcanoes spew sudsy concoctions. The different personalities among the characters are another gem, especially in the case of the fashionable Trinket and lovably fretful Clod (Matt Gumley), Sir Garrett's trusty steed.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.