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, but it includes some good messages about self-esteem. The characters' relationships to a variety of iconic tales put a new spin on the telling of their stories.
The show is about growing up, creating your own identity, and being comfortable with who you are. The teens' woes aren't always relatable to viewers (Jeremiah grows a "giant wart" that sprouts extra heads, for instance), but kids will get the message that everyone encounters bumps in the road to maturity. Some supporting characters are snobbish or outright mean to their peers, but most of the focus stays on the three likable main characters, whose friendship always has positive messages for kids.
Positive Role Models
Trafalgar, Fury, and Jeremiah are far from perfect, but that's what makes them so endearing. At times they can be jealous of their peers, lax about responsibilities, and mildly defiant toward adults, but, in every instance of this kind of negative behavior, they learn a positive lesson. No matter what, they're true to themselves and to their friendship.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens flirt a bit and pair off to go to dances together, but there's nothing suggestive about their contact.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Teenage Fairytale Dropouts boasts excellent messages about being true to yourself, respecting differences in others, and accepting responsibility for your actions. Teens muddle through normal coming-of-age woes such as not having a date for a dance, as well as some not-so-normal ones (growing extra heads overnight, for instance), but, for a cartoon, the show puts real effort into making the scenarios meaningful for kids. Negative behavior always yields a positive lesson, with friendship and strong self-esteem as the most prominent themes.
Is It Any Good?
This delightful show's appeal isn't easily assigned to one age group or another, and that's a great thing if you struggle to find something all your kids can enjoy together. Younger kids will like seeing the characters' similarities to (and often more so their differences from) legendary story heroes such as Pinocchio and Humpty Dumpty. Tweens will hone in on the main trio's coming-of-age woes, some of which they might understand firsthand. And parents can rest assured knowing the show's content is a great fit for just about any age.
Teenage Fairytale Dropouts delivers some really admirable messages through three teen characters who are floundering their way through growing up. Sure, it has fun with the fact that Fury's still waiting to "develop" her wings and Jeremiah's small stature is almost comical given his genetic giantism, but ultimately none of these issues puts a dent in the teens' solid self-esteem. What's more, although each story puts the characters in a rebellious situation of some kind (borrowing the family's golden goose without permission or misusing magic, for instance), there's always an obvious consequence and some positive lesson to be learned from the experience.
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