A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The main characters are all talented in various forms of visual art: graphic design, music engineering, computer animation, fashion design, makeup, digital media, video editing, photography, and set design. Viewers will be exposed to these forms of art and their associated skills.
The importance of friendship, individuality, teamwork, and creativity are highlighted throughout the story. But, breaking the rules, hazing, and the exclusion of peers is also in the plotline.
Positive Role Models
Rainbow High is a competitive visual arts school, and the main characters are shown as positive role models for achieving their goals and perfecting their talents. However, the cast lacks diversity.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Students at Rainbow High are often seen wearing heavy makeup and tight or revealing clothing. There is a storyline about a boy dating two girls at one time.
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Products & Purchases
Rainbow High is based on a line of dolls and accessories, which encourages viewers to purchase these products.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rainbow High is an animated series based on the popular line of dolls and matching accessories. The dolls essentially come to life in this series, which chronicles the lives of the group of seven freshman friends as they begin their time at a renowned visual arts high school. Their bright and bold hair colors follow the color scheme of the rainbow, and the issues that ensue around them are just as dramatic. Viewers who enjoy the series will likely want to purchase the dolls, if they do not own them already.
Is It Any Good?
This colorful series lacks much educational value and puts too much emphasis on consumerism and outward appearance. Children who love the Rainbow High doll collection will enjoy watching this series, but it's a missed opportunity for teaching viewers more about visual arts. Characters often use their skills to attract attention from boys, gain followers and likes on social media, or to avoid doing schoolwork. While the show illustrates the importance of friendship, it also lacks diversity and glorifies cliques.
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.