A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Each episode touches on a social lesson about jealousy, kindness, and meddling in other people’s affairs, so there are some good takeaway messages for kids.
Sabrina often misuses magic in an effort to help herself or other people, but even her best intentions often lead to mishaps. The show includes strong messages about responsibility, healthy relationships, and making good choices.
Positive Role Models
The adults in Sabrina’s life are good guides for her both personally and with relation to her magic. They encourage her to make responsible choices and to appreciate the consequences of her actions. For her part, Sabrina recognizes when things have gone awry and she needs help, and she’s willing to ask for it from adults.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mild teen flirting, a couple of kisses, and girls often compete for boys’ attention.
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The show is the third series (previous ones include a live-action and an animated one) inspired by a set of Archie Comics characters.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated series makes a real attempt to illustrate positive themes like taking responsibility for your actions, fulfilling promises, and being a good friend. Despite the magical spin, the stories touch on issues kids can relate to, so there's plenty to talk about after the show's end. Sabrina and Cassandra's tug-of-war for Harvey's affections plays a role in many of the episodes, and in some cases Cassandra manipulates or lies to get his attention. Sabrina's plans often go awry and land her in hot water, but she's smart enough to know when she needs help from her aunts, teachers, or feline mentor, and she always learns a lesson from the mishap.
Is It Any Good?
This cartoon, which originally aired from 2003-2004, follows both its animated predecessor and the popular original series, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, and it blends returning and new characters with ease. It's hardly a commentary on real teen life, but for its intended audience of kids, it touches on real issues like jealousy, social uncertainty, and shirking responsibility in a respectable way and offers some feel-good lessons about each episode's theme.
Sabrina and Cassandra's contentious relationship leads to some malicious behavior (at times both girls lie and cheat to upstage the other, especially when Harvey's around), but Sabrina usually learns from her mistakes and eventually takes the high moral ground, making her a viable role model. She's also good at knowing when her magical mishaps require professional help and turns to the authority figures in her life when she's in trouble, even though she usually faces a consequence of some kind.
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