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Polly Pocket

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Toy-based show has smart girls, adventure.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Teaches kids to be brats. Учит детей быть детками.

If you want your child to complain and be a brat for everything, like fashion, this show is for you. I was walking on TV when my younger sister was watching, and one of the girls said that she was going to buy a souvenir for the other girl. Another girl rudely said: “BETTER DO NOT BE ONE OF THESE SHIRTS!” What a brat! Если вы хотите, чтобы ребенок жаловался и был отважным во всем, как в моде, это шоу для вас. Я гулял по телевизору, когда моя младшая сестра смотрела, и одна из девушек сказала, что она собирается подарить другой девушке сувенир. Другая девушка грубо сказала: «ЛУЧШЕ НЕ БУДЬ ОДНОЙ ИЗ ЭТИХ РУБАШЕК!» Что за ребёнок!
age 18+

Garbage show with poor behavior

Within 4 minutes we stopped watching, we love the Polly pocket toys...but the way the girls acted, related, dressed was dumbed down in my opinion-not the role modeling we want to encourage for our little. Girls need empowered, normal, healthy images on how to behave. Thankfully we can still enjoy the toys & used this as a learning opportunity for what kind of shows we choose to pass on in our family.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
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This product-based, moderately entertaining series has female characters who mostly avoid stereotypes, but the formulaic plot lines begin to feel repetitive rather quickly. Parents will likely appreciate the role models and some of the messages in Polly Pocket. Polly is a kid genius who's skilled at inventing high-tech gadgets, Shani is a super-smart sci-fi geek, and fashion-obsessed Lila uses her style knowledge to solve problems. The girls are supportive and kind toward one another, and they show growth and understanding to do the right thing.

The villains are so villainous that they come off as bumbling, so, despite various kidnappings and attempts at controlling the town, nothing is ever too scary. Kids always know that Polly and her friends will save the day. Though there's no overt advertising, it'll be hard for adults, at least, to avoid the reality that this is basically one long commercial for the dolls. But for kids who like the toys or enjoy a comfortable formula, this is a safe bet without concerns about too much violence or language.

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