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Shimmer and Shine

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Series shows tots the value of learning from their mistakes.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show illustrates for kids the value of acknowledging when things go wrong and using what they learn to do better the next time. The characters never get frustrated or disappointed in themselves; instead they decide together what works and what doesn't so they can make a better plan going forward.

Positive Messages

Kids see the characters make mistakes, try again, and make more mistakes before finally solving the problem of the day. Their actions remind viewers that even though you don't get it right on the first attempt, each time you try, you learn something important and get closer to your goal. Even so, little work is actually done by the human characters, as Shimmer and Shine use their magic to help, which diminishes the message a bit.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Leah doesn't shy away from a challenge, even when it tests her patience. She's always willing to look at her situation from a different perspective when things don't go right, and she embraces her mistakes as learning opportunities. Shimmer and Shine are eager to help, which often winds up causing mishaps when they misinterpret Leah's wishes. Ultimately, though, it's the combined effort of all the characters that gets the job done. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shimmer and Shine is an animated series that illustrates for kids the positive side of making mistakes and learning something from them. The young characters -- two kids and two kid genies -- team up to tackle some pretty daunting tasks, and even with three wishes, they find the solutions are never easy. Viewers see that a positive attitude and the willingness to acknowledge when you're wrong can empower you to fix your mistakes and do better the next time. Kids will enjoy the magical touches the titular genies bring to the plot, and parents will like the emotionally meaningful content, even if it downplays any realistic consequences that should accompany the characters' actions. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKarels23 September 3, 2015

Not Very Impressed

My future sister-in-law (6 years old) absolutely adores this show. However, it leaves a sour taste in my mouth. First off, I don't particularly care for... Continue reading
Parent of a 3, 4, 7, and 8 year old Written byCassie_T November 11, 2015

Colonization at its finest.

I'm really disappointed to find a show like this. This show's premise is that two bollywood style genies live in a magical land until a little girl n... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byChase322 February 17, 2017
Teen, 13 years old Written byMax benn August 21, 2017

The Best nick jr series for little kids!

This show is very awesome. Parents needs to calm down and learn about not taking little kids shows way too seriously. Because taking something fictional way too... Continue reading

What's the story?

SHIMMER AND SHINE follows a young girl named Leah (voiced by Alina Foley), who uses her oil-lamp necklace to call on her genie friends, Shimmer (Eva Bella) and Shine (Isabella Cramp), to help her tackle a different task each day. The twins arrive to grant Leah her three wishes, but mishaps ensue through misunderstandings, forcing all the characters to work together toward an eventual solution. All the while, they have to keep Shimmer and Shine's presence secret from Leah's neighbor friend Zac (Blake Bertrand). 

Is it any good?

The fact that life isn't perfect is a concept that's sometimes tough for youngsters to grasp, so these characters' accident-prone experiences have real value for the preschool set in particular. Even with magic at the genies' fingertips, things never go as Leah envisions them, forcing her back to the drawing board to reassess and try again. It can be frustrating, but Leah's perpetually positive attitude reminds kids that there's always something to be gained from your mistakes.

The flip side of this theme is that there are rarely any consequences for those mistakes, which paints an unrealistically rosy picture of the giant messes Leah and her friends make. What's more, SHIMMER AND SHINE goes a little overboard on the characters' predicaments, putting young Leah in charge of grown-up jobs such as baking cupcakes for a school event and constructing a tree house in the backyard. Kids will still get the intended message, but the show might have been better served if the plots were scaled down to include projects more in line with kids' independent abilities. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about times when their own mistakes have become teaching moments. Is this rule always true, or are there some mistakes that can't be fixed? How should you respond when your mistakes hurt someone else? Why is it important to consider other people's feelings in situations like this?

  • Shimmer and Shine have magic at their disposal. What unique qualities does Leah have that are equally helpful to the group? How might you have handled a similar predicament as theirs differently?

  • Do your kids enjoy make-believe and fantasy play? Which characters do they like to imagine for themselves? Do they have special powers or skills in those roles? 

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