By Ashley Moulton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Roller-skating besties shine in fun, family-friendly sitcom.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some good social-emotional lessons, but humor and subplots may make them less salient to kids.
Positive themes around being a good friend, doing the right thing, and the importance of family.
Positive Role Models
Main character Paris and her BFFs Simone and Ari are positive role models who try to do the right thing. When they make mistakes, they own up to them and apologize. They are realistic -- they argue with each other and their family -- but they always make amends. They also are very clear about naming their emotions.
The majority of the characters are Black, and all the main characters are well-rounded and fully developed. The show centers Black joy and Black family life, though it has a more "show don't tell" approach towards presenting Black culture. The characters have a variety of skin tones, body types, and hair styles. On the slightly negative side, the girls and boys do have some stereotypical gender characteristics.
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Violence & Scariness
Brief verbal arguments between family and friends that are quickly settled.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some affection between married characters. Plots that revolve around losing weight to improve one's appearance.
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Simple expressions of dislike between characters; no cursing.
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Products & Purchases
Some consumerist attitudes -- kids wanting to become famous so they'll be rich. Main character lives in a super nice house.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Saturdays is a sitcom about roller skating BFFs: Paris (Danielle Jalade), Ari (Peyton Basnight), and Simone (Daria Johns). Executive produced by Marsai Martin (Black-ish), the show has an all-Black cast and celebrates both the characters' identities and their individual personalities. The storylines are quite wholesome (and free of the teen crush content so prevalent in these types of shows). Expect brief verbal arguments between family and friends, but no name calling. Some subplots revolve around adult romance and losing weight to improve your appearance. Otherwise, there is no objectionable content in this kid-friendly comedy.
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What's the Story?
SATURDAYS is a show about 14-year-old BFFs that spend their Saturdays roller skating at the local roller rink, Saturdays Rockin' Roller Palace. Three best friends Paris (Danielle Jalade), Ari (Peyton Basnight), and Simone (Daria Johns) have christened themselves the "We-B-Girlz" skate crew. They spend their weekends at the rink, rocking out to tunes spun by Paris's brother DJ London and his friend Derek. When she's not at the rink, main character Paris hangs out with her goofy but loving parents (Omar Gooding, Golden Brooks). Each episode follows them navigating a problem like being too young to appear in a music video being filmed at the rink, or London calling out Paris's wedgie over the PA system at Saturdays. While the We-B-Girls may have some minor arguments, they know that they always have each other's backs in the end.
Is It Any Good?
Kids into fashion, music, and performance will find this sitcom irresistible. The teen characters in Saturdays manage to feel both super cool but also incredibly wholesome and relatable. Saturdays also fills a gap in TV representation, since there have not been many kid-friendly sitcoms with an all-Black cast since the That's So Raven/Sister Sister/Smart Guy era of the 1990s and 2000s. While it does leave behind the laugh track and corny dialogue of that era, Saturdays does rely on some cliched sitcom tropes (like parents always talking about losing "pandemic pounds"). Kids and tweens won't mind; they'll be too busy wishing they could go skating with the teens at Saturdays.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how Paris, Ari, and Simone support each other in Saturdays. How are they good friends to one another? How do you support the friends in your life?
Families can talk about the all-Black cast in Saturdays. There aren't many kids' shows on TV right now with so many Black characters. Why do you think that's true? Why do you think it's important to have a cast like this one?
- Premiere date: March 24, 2023
- Cast: Omar Gooding, Danielle Jalade, Daria Johns
- Networks: Disney Channel, Disney+
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Arts and Dance, Brothers and Sisters, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models, High School
- Character Strengths: Communication
- TV rating: TV-G
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: March 29, 2023
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