Parents' Guide to

The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Sister sleuths' far-flung cases are lots of fun for kids.

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Music and moxie are on full display in this charming series that's evidence of what made the Olsen twins such darlings of the small screen in their formative years. They're so comfortable in front of the camera and with each other that the show almost has a natural, unscripted quality to it . . . that is until a call comes in from overseas and they set out on their bicycles to investigate a haunted house in Transylvania or some such thing. Obviously the show requires a certain disregard for geographical distance, elapsed time, and realistic juvenile independence, but the fantasy it spins just makes it more fun.

The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley surprises with some decent educational content that naturally accompanies mysteries set near volcanoes and at U.S. Space Camp, for instance. Other stories incorporate learning into the mystery, as when the girls must piece together aspects of beekeeping to figure out what cloaked figure is scaring their client in an abandoned mansion. With a collection of fun songs and some funny scenarios to boot, these educational moments won't stand out to kids, but they do add another positive element to this enjoyable show.

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