Nella the Princess Knight

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Well-rounded hero is great role model for preschoolers.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

Excellent examples of courage and self-confidence, as well as the ability to solve problems on the fly.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3-year-old Written byNicole K. January 6, 2018

I like the girl of color being a knight, but man do I hate the sexist, vapid bimboness

There's a lot of bimbo, vapid behavior, particularly in the horse (Trink) whose whole personality is being a bimbo into designer clothes and hair, but even... Continue reading
Parent Written bySheila F. December 8, 2017

Creates worries for young children

I saw an episode with the family preparing for a family photo. Every character in the episodewas overly worried about their appearance and freaking out about n... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bykittykirby67 June 26, 2020


Well, it does have some good roles, I guess but the fact of a 'princess being a knight with a sword' is kind of a cliche. I don't see any real kn... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byzouzou85 April 10, 2019

What's the story?

Nella (voiced by Akira Golz) is a gregarious 8-year-old princess with the ability to transform into a knight when duty calls and a challenge is before her. With a twirl, a rhyme, and a toss of her tiara, Princess Nella becomes NELLA THE PRINCESS KNIGHT, fierce of spirit and confident of success during even the most difficult task. With her trusty unicorn, Trinket (Samantha Hahn), and her best friend, Sir Garrett (Micah Gursoy), Nella sets off on one quest after another to solve the problems that arise in her kingdom.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a character a role model. Must a person always act perfectly to be someone to admire, or can adversity bring out the best in him or her? What makes Nella the Princess Knight a good role model? What characters on other shows do you especially like?

  • Is courage always easy to come by? What kinds of situations challenge you to be brave? How does having other people around help in those cases?

  • What would it be like to live in Nella's world with castles, magical creatures, and unpredictable features such as waterfalls that spray you with water? Do you like to imagine the world differently from how it is?

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