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Encourages unique personalities, independence, and being true to yourself. Pepper Ann has to face the highs and lows of surviving middle school and provides a great examples of dealing with the emotions that arise.
Positive Role Models
While Pepper Ann herself is always on a journey to be cool, she and her friends are often unapologetically themselves: creative, ambitious, and quirky.
A diverse range of races in the middle school class. The show highlights many independent and successful women and girls. The lead's sister is gender nonconforming, which is big for a show from the '90s.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pepper Ann is a classic hit show from the late '90s with a modern take on a middle school girl's life. It covers the many dreadful and exciting moments that middle schoolers go through, like bullying and crushes. It's full of strong-willed characters that are encouraged to be themselves, be independent, without having to subscribe to traditional gender roles. Some jokes might be a bit dated.
Is It Any Good?
This classic show is very funny, has very interesting characters, and was a hit with audiences upon its release in the '90s. Though it was canceled too soon, it still carries its weight in entertainment value. That's especially the case for kids who love a '90s throwback; this blast from the past is a lovely little treat for tweens and nostalgic parents alike.
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