The Kicks

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

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 3 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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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
Parent of a 1 year old Written byViviana J. August 8, 2017

Amazing and funny

I am so excited to report that this is such a clean wholesome show that I absolutely enjoy watching with my 7 year old daughter. It's Godsend and refreshin... Continue reading
Adult Written byjet ski February 25, 2017

Keep kicking

This is the best show for my family to watch together. Our 10 year old and 9 year old daughters are both heavily involved with a competitive soccer club, playin... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old February 16, 2017
Kid, 10 years old January 3, 2018

Great book series and TV series!

I absolutely love the story! The Kicks is my favorite series. It is about girls who play soccer, and it is by a soccer player, so its awesome. I can not say how... Continue reading

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? 

  • Kids: What are some of your passions? How much time do you devote to being good at them? How do you feel when you succeed? What can you learn from falling short? 

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

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