A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The smart girls in this show are curious problem solvers, who have theories that they test and solve. They follow clues, and use words like "hypothesis" and "correlation."
Follow your dreams. Be true to yourself. Trust yourself. Stand up for your principles. Be a good friend. Take risks. Be proud of your culture.
Positive Role Models
The parents and siblings in this show encourage their kids to be true to themselves, telling them it's OK to be strange or different. A character's father owns a restaurant, modeling hard work and encouraging his kids' engagement in his business. Teachers are smart and fun.
The two main characters are of Latin and Asian descent. Spanish is sprinkled throughout the show, as are Mexican traditions.
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Violence & Scariness
Perilous situations can be surprising. Threats from adults can be intimidating, but kids stand up to them.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Surfside Girls is a kid-friendly mystery set in a fictional Californian town where tweens and teens work with a ghost to save their home from destruction. Perilous moments aren't too scary but do add a little urgency to the plot. Families are shown as being proud of their cultures -- Spanish is sprinkled throughout the show -- and parents are engaged with their kids. The main characters are smart, curious problem solvers who have theories that they test and solve.
Is It Any Good?
Surfside Girls is a light mystery set in a California town that focuses on friendship and magic -- a fun theme for sure. The diverse cast is refreshing, and the surfside vibe is cute, but the dialogue can feel a little stagey.
Though the plot feels formulaic and clunky at times, tweens will enjoy following the adventure that involve surfing, a friendly ghost, and a little magic. Adults, however, might not be charmed enough to stick with more than a few episodes.
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