Pearlie

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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A fresh take on the fairy theme with less commercialism.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this tv show.

Educational value

The characters’ interactions hold good lessons for kids about the power of communication, the importance of forgiveness, and the impact of being a good friend.

Positive messages

The show explores themes like friendship, helpfulness, and compassion for others. Kids see how Pearlie and her friends use communication to work through the interpersonal troubles that arise between them.

Positive role models & representations

Pearlie is always happy to drop everything to help a friend, and she’s dedicated to her job at the park. Saphira’s jealousy of Pearlie makes her vengeful and mean-spirited, but Pearlie always forgives her cousin’s errant ways and believes the best of her.

Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pearlie is a sweet series that centers on a selfless young fairy who sees the best in all people, enjoys celebrating something new each day, and values the bonds of friendship. In other words, she’s a great (if completely fictitious) model of finding happiness in your surroundings and sharing that happiness with others. The show’s content is appropriate for any age, and even the resident adversary (Saphira) is innocuous enough that she won’t frighten kids. Pearlie is a good alternative for parents who want to avoid the commercialism of some other popular fairy films and shows.

User Reviews

Adult Written byneoking2002_neo October 11, 2010

Really beautiful series for kids!

I actually caught an episode of Pearlie, and it was pretty good, too. I've heard of the series before I caught a whiff of her show. Normally, I'd recc...
Adult Written byKidBlue909 October 26, 2010

Good content and fun at the same time!

sweet and fun stories told by a very responsible fairy...who learns great lessons!really nice ...I am thrilled this is on a network!
Kid, 10 years old February 14, 2011

Um... okay?

I don't like it. But your daughters might!
Teen, 15 years old Written bymilo remmestein December 27, 2011

Wow, one heck of an excuse for a show

Now see, we have Tinker Bell on Disney Channel and Pearlie? Well, consider it a much more modern version er, knockoff of Tinker Bell. Less commercialism doesn...

What's the story?

PEARLIE centers on an eager young fairy and her adventures in the park she’s assigned to care for. Enthusiastic and carefree, Pearlie loves her job, her friends, and, well, everything, and she’s always up for anything that will help others channel that same zest for life. Unfortunately, her brooding cousin, Saphira, doesn’t share Pearlie's sunny outlook and plots to unravel popular Pearlie’s happiness. Innocent Pearlie is oblivious to Saphira’s plans, but her friends Opal and Jasper aren’t, and they’re always around to help make sure Saphira misses her mark.

Is it any good?

Based on a series of books by Wendy Harmer, Pearlie is a dream come true for young believers thirsting for a fresh take on the popular fairy theme. She certainly doesn’t have the star power of the Disney fairies, but, to her credit, that also means she isn’t subject to a suffocating merchandise line either, which will please parents. In fact, Pearlie and her friends do quite well on their own merit.

There’s nothing to be cautious of in this show, but that doesn’t mean that parents and kids won’t have something to discuss after tuning in. Each episode touts some messages about being a good friend, taking responsibility for your actions, and coping with adversity, so families can talk about the characters’ dilemmas and resolutions and how they relate to their own experiences.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship. How do the characters demonstrate their affection for each other? How do they prove themselves reliable? How do you show that you are a good friend?

  • Kids: How do you deal with someone who’s causing trouble for you? What coping techniques do you have for stressful situations? How do Pearlie and her friends handle Saphira’s attempts to sabotage them? Do you think their actions are the best solution?

  • Kids: How does this show compare to other fairy movies you’ve seen or stories you’ve heard? Do you like the characters? Why or why not? What are some of your favorite books that you’d like to see turned into a movie or TV show?

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