Parents' Guide to

Spirit Riding Free

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Courage, adventure, and a great role model in sweet series.

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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 68 parent reviews

age 6+


I have watched all the seasons really good
age 12+

Great Preteen Show. Think of it as a new Lizzie McGuire.

This is definitely not for children under 10. I've watched this while babysitting younger children, and they're not able to comprehend and follow along the storyline other than appreciating the sense of adventure. I say it's like Lizzie McGuire, because the characters are the same age and the shows are for a similar target audience. I didn't like the show at first because the original Spirit movie was my favorite animation ever. After watching a few episodes, the characters grew on me. As the seasons progress, there is definitely an increased amount of lessons revolving around coming of age and changes. There is romance, there is loss, there is perseverance. It's definitely a different vibe from the original movie, but it has also be come a great show that I find enjoyable to watch even without children around.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (68 ):
Kids say (52 ):

Elder Spirit's legacy of courage and fortitude is alive and well in his offspring and in eager young Lucky, who together feel emboldened to take on the world. This sweet story of friendship doesn't quite match the original movie's powerful impact, but it presents a strong heroine in Lucky and lively stories that are both humorous and heartwarming. Besides the special connection between Lucky and Spirit, there's also much to like in the girls' relationship and in how they never let the pressure of their uppity classmate influence their own values.

Spirit Riding Free is mostly light on true villains, typically focusing on Lucky and her friends' relationship and adventures together. In cases where the show does introduce bad guys (and gals), it doesn't understate the danger they pose to the protagonists, and some exchanges and the lurking threats may frighten sensitive viewers. That said, the series does have similar themes that reflect the changing atmosphere of the 19th century American West as the railroad opened up the land to settlement, though usually without presenting a direct human impact.. Lucky and Spirit's struggles to adjust to their changing world can inspire discussions about courage and facing adversity.

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