A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
The series promotes friendship and positive behavior through characters who are smart, self-confident, and compassionate. Each girl has a different dominant personality trait, from Scarlet's independent spirit to Tessa's unwavering loyalty, but they all show kids why it's important to nurture your hopes and follow your dreams.
Positive Role Models
Being unique is what makes these characters shine, and even with 12 in the mix, it's easy to differentiate among them because no two are alike. Even so, none is perfect, and they have their moments when they're withdrawn, insecure, or unfriendly before matters are smoothed over.
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The show is inspired by books of the same name.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Star Darlings is a Disney Web series that accompanies books of the same name and centers on 12 celestial girls learning to realize their individual potential while helping others achieve their own dreams. The characters' vibrant, distinctive personalities are designed to appeal to tween girls, who no doubt will find at least one to whom she can relate. All are viable role models, demonstrating friendship, empathy, and the value of never giving up on your dreams. This energetic series has humor, heart, and lots of happy messages that will appeal to tweens. It also features songs from a band comprising five core cast members, so fans might seek out the songs after tuning in.
Is It Any Good?
This quality Disney production is a visual treat with characters whose individuality literally sparkles around them. They're colorful and full of exuberance, and their 12 distinctive personalities promise that viewers will find at least one favorite among them. As role models go, kids could do worse than any of the Star Darlings, who share admirable qualities such as kindness, selflessness, and the deep desire to help others achieve their dreams at the same time they work toward their own.
Geared toward tweens, STAR DARLINGS reminds viewers that appreciating your own uniqueness is preferable to following someone else's lead. It's fun to see the characters' reactions to humans' traditions involving wishes (blowing out birthday candles and dropping pennies in a fountain, for instance), and there is much humor that tweens will appreciate. Less appealing is the frequent word substitution using "star" in every part of speech ("Oh, my star!" and "That's starry," for example), which gets tiresome after a while.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.