Santiago of the Seas

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Exceptional preschool series celebrates kindness, courage.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, but it does expose viewers to elements of the Spanish language and the Latino-Caribbean culture by way of architecture, music, and clothing in the stories. 

Positive Messages

Viewers see the value of teamwork in the characters’ efforts to solve problems and help others. Each crew member has a special set of qualities that contribute something unique to the group, and it’s by combining them that they find success. Strong influence of Latino-Caribbean culture in the series and its characters. Female characters fill roles traditionally dominated by men, including the town mayor and a pirate villain.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Santiago excels at being a leader because he appreciates what his crew members bring to the group and he helps them maximize the use of their skills. Their can-do attitude never fails, even when their nemesis gets the better of them, and their positive outlook always wins the day. Santiago emphasizes the attributes he identifies in his pirate role models, including loyalty, helping others, and perseverance.

Violence & Scariness

The show’s villain is a female pirate peer of Santiago’s who cheats and steals to get what she wants and uses weapons like slime cannons to fend off Santiago and his friends. Santiago and others carry swords.

Sexy Stuff

Infrequent insults like "slobs."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Santiago of the Seas is a preschool series that incorporates elements of the Spanish language and Latino-Caribbean culture in energetic stories about pint-size pirates. The protagonist is an eight-year-old who feels a deep attachment to his heritage in an island town with a pirate legacy, and he is inspired by positive qualities like loyalty, compassion, kindness, and courage. The story’s villain is young as well and skilled at cheating and stealing to achieve her goals, but Santiago’s and his friends’ altruistic efforts always manage to overcome her selfish ones. This visually appealing series is fun to watch, and its characters’ personalities and dedication to working as a team to help others make for feel-good viewing.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLeaGreene May 27, 2021

Another Nick Jr Rip

Feels like Disney’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates; only poorly done.
Adult Written byJALJS February 6, 2021

Great for young Spanish learners!

My kids are in preschool and a Spanish Immersion kindergarten and they love this show! I find it has more Spanish language and cultural education than Dora and... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old January 13, 2021

Not bad

at the first time i thoght it would be some american but i usally dont speak mexican of the Piriatas ahoy literally they always say that when they win over the... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byKai and Bozzly 2021 April 30, 2021

Santiago is such a nice leader.

For a leader, santiago is super good, he's so nice and not mean at all. I love santiago his theme song is really good. And he goes on really good and cool... Continue reading

What's the story?

In SANTIAGO OF THE SEAS, Isla Encanto gets a new pirate protector when eight-year-old Santiago (voiced by Kevin Chacon) discovers the buried treasure of the island’s legendary swashbuckler and inherits his magic compass. Together with his crew -- his musical cousin, Tomas (Justice Quiroz), and their mermaid friend, Lorelai (Alyssa Cheatham) -- Santiago takes the helm of the powerful ship, El Bravo, and follows the compass to find treasure and to help those in need. But when nemeses like Bonnie Bones (Kyndra Sanchez) come around, it takes every bit of Santiago’s team’s smarts to spoil the designs she has on the peaceful island and its residents.

Is it any good?

Adventure on the high seas got a lot more fun when Santiago and his friends stepped into their new swashbuckling gig. With little touches of magic to keep things really interesting, Santiago, Lorelei, and Tomas take their fearlessness and compassion wherever the fates take them and find big and small ways to help those they encounter. As Santiago is inspired by brave and true pirates who came before him, he lets their example guide him to be a good person as well. 

Santiago of the Seas incorporates many aspects of Latino-Caribbean culture in this fantastical setting and in its characterizations, but none more so than elements of the Spanish language. The characters often alternate between Spanish and English, sticking to the latter for most conversations but including some common Spanish words and phrases, often heard several times in an episode for emphasis. It’s a seamless bilingual transition that exposes preschoolers to the Spanish language through useful terms that are easily learned in the context of this vibrant and well-rounded series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Santiago and his friends work together to solve problems in Santiago of the Seas. How does cooperation make the task easier? What are some of the challenges in working with other people toward a common goal?

  • Santiago is driven by compassion and a desire to help others. What work do you see done in your community that achieves this same thing? How does it feel to do something nice for someone else? How does doing so help you?

  • Kids: Are Santiago and his crew mates friendly pirates? Have you seen other shows or read stories about pirates who aren't so friendly? What does that say about the importance of getting to know someone before judging him?

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For kids who love Latinx culture

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