Shimmer and Shine

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 3+

Series shows tots the value of learning from their mistakes.

Parents say

age 4+

Based on 30 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 11 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 3+


I’ve only seen a few episodes, but here’s how I feel. The good: The genies make mistakes and fix them in every episode. They sing a little song about how mistakes are okay. The idea would be perfect for my already-perfectionist 3.5 year old. Characters are nice and helpful. The bad: Very flashy, not much substance. I feel like they could have done better. Cute, useless Lisa Frank animal sidekicks are the cherry on top of the flash vs substance point. The boy next door is dumber than a rock and they constantly lie to him. Some reviews are upset about “cultural appropriation” I really don’t feel that way because IMO -they’re genies, pop-fantasy. They’re like the Nokk and the trolls in Frozen I & II. It’s a creative take on a mystical, mythical being. They don't claim to be from any particular country (as far as I know) and we re-imagine legendary beings all the time for tv. I don’t think this show is ruining anybody’s kid, it’s just not good quality. I let my kid watch it once in a while, but if we’re having tv time I try to offer (& push) better programs: blues clues, sesame street, Elena of Avalor is a favorite right now!
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age 2+

A new level of stupidity

I cannot express how much I hate this show. It caters to the lowest common denominator of intelligence, cultural awareness, and gender stereotypes not to mention the obvious colonialism and appropriation of Arab and Indian cultures. It makes me bitter and resentful towards nickelodeon for having produced such a piece of garbage. Think of all the beautifully written stories and characters available and they pick up on this? OK so what do I not like? For starters the characters as I’ve already mentioned. The music and sound effects are more of that American in your face no chance to breathe or blink constant stream of information to process. It’s too much. I’ve had to manipulate my desktop browser to block the show from noggin so that it doesn’t appear. And here I thought Dora was annoying.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much consumerism
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