The Kicks

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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 Parents recommend
Book-inspired series scores with excellent tween role model.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

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Educational Value

The show entertains rather than educates.

Positive Messages

Kids see a tween's resilience in coping with a major life change and assuming a leadership role on a new team. The journey isn't always easy, and some classmates make it more difficult for her than it needs to be, but she refuses to give up. The story is rich in themes about friendship, teamwork, perseverance, and family bonds, as well as reminders that winning the game isn't the only measure of success.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Devin is an excellent role model, particularly for girls. She's self-confident, industrious, determined, and willing to take risks. She's also physically active and values her personal health. Mirabelle is the opposite; she's lazy and uncommitted to school or her team, but Devin proves to be a positive influence on her. 

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Sexy Stuff

The show is inspired by a series of books by Alex Morgan. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Kicks is the story of an aspiring soccer star who faces adversity and becomes a leader on the field. It's inspired by a book series of the same name by decorated soccer player Alex Morgan. The series is a wholesome watch; Devin is a very likable role model who finds strength and inspiration in her family but must fight her own fights among her peers and teammates. In doing so, she inspires those around her to work hard and believe in themselves, even when their efforts don’t show on the scoreboard. One problematic teammate is often selfish and mean, but Devin's positive attitude ultimately wins the day. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBabies02 December 1, 2020

Love this

This is up great it teaches about friendship it is good for soccer players I totally recommend this for all girls
Adult Written byackiss January 21, 2019

Fantastic family series!!!

While the main character is a girl I have two boys 8 and 9 and they loved the series. I loved that they enjoyed it, there were good family values, good role mo... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDaniella.Mosca13 April 4, 2018


Even my 5 year old sister loves this show.The Kicks is an amazing and addictive show and I hope they make a second season.
Teen, 13 years old Written byLeahDorobantu April 12, 2021

Great family TV show

I love this TV show its the bomb. Love it my whole family loves it.

What's the story?

When soccer enthusiast Devin Burke's (Sixx Orange) dad moves her family from Connecticut to California, she's thrust into a new school and onto a mediocre new team called THE KICKS. Between a soccer-illiterate coach and a defiant star player, the Kicks are in desperate need of a spark to get them going, and Devin steps in to lead the charge. Fortunately Devin's teammates are a likable bunch -- though acerbic Mirabelle (Isabella Acres) often runs interference on her efforts -- and her family's always there to support her through the ups and downs. 

Is it any good?

Inspired by a book series by soccer star Alex Morgan (who plays a role in the story herself), this engaging show has fantastic themes for kids, whether they're aspiring soccer stars themselves or not. Devin is instantly appealing, being self-confident and goal-oriented (no pun intended) but also introspective and realistically uncertain at times. Even better, she's supported by parents who don't try to shield her from life's struggles. Instead they encourage her to face them, learn from them, and ultimately succeed through her merits.

Young athletes also will benefit from how this show presents competition and team dynamics. The Kicks don't go from Bad News Bears status to league champs overnight, but they make small strides each time they take the field together, reminding kids of the value of hard work and dedication.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about role models in The Kicks. What makes Devin a good one? Is she believable as a person? Who inspires her? 

  • Family relationships are important to Devin. What would you say defines a family? What shows have you seen that present a different family model than this one does? 

  • People show teamwork when they all work together to do something big. Let's think about teamwork and The Kicks. All the girls work together like a team. How does each character help? Can you tell me about a time when you were a part of a team? What did you do to help your team? Did your team ever have any problems? How did your team solve those problems? How does it feel when you're part of a team that's working well together? Do you know what it means to be a "good sport?" Can you tell me about a time when you saw someone acting like a good sport, or showing good sportsmanship?

  • How do the characters in The Kicks demonstrate perseverance and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

  • To show perseverance is to keep working and working to get something you really want. Let's think about perseverance and The Kicks. What does Devin really want? What does she do to get what she wants? Share a time when you worked hard to get what you wanted. What helped you to keep working, even when it was hard? How did you feel in the end?

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