A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids learn some about the sights and sounds of the savannah and garner basic knowledge of how its residents interact.
Kion and his friends take responsibility for their roles as guardians of the Pride Lands, putting the safety of its residents before concern for their own in many cases. Kion learns that being a leader is more about reasoning and being open-minded that it is about physical strength, and he solves many problems with words rather than with might. Respect for the circle of life and every species' place in it is a recurring theme, as are courage and friendship.
Positive Role Models
Kion isn't a great leader yet, but he shows he's eager to learn, and he turns to his father and the spirit of his wise grandfather for guidance when he needs it. Each Guard member brings a special skill to the team that makes it more effective. Even so, they're kids, and have their share of missteps and mischief along the way.
Violence & Scariness
Some animals snacks on bugs, and there are some tense exchanges between animals battling for dominance. The characters talk about the circle of life, where just about every creature is a food source for another. Some perilous moments when sympathetic characters are in danger. When he needs it, Kion also emits a ferocious roar that scares other animals into submission.
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Body odor and farting are points of hilarity throughout the show.
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The show continues the story of the Pride Lands from The Lion King, a number of sequels, and The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Lion Guard continues the story introduced in The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar. Destiny puts Kion, son of Simba and Nala, in charge of the Lion Guard, which must protect the life balance in and around the Pride Lands. He often goes head to head with adversaries much bigger and stronger than he is, but he's pure of heart and open to the advice of wise elders who help him solve problems with words rather than by fighting. Violence erupts at times, and animals bite, scratch, and tussle with each other. There's also a fair amount of body-related humor, as a main character's chronic body odor and gassiness makes for lots of jokes. With its strong messages about courage, responsibility, and friendship, this series is a fun pick for kids, and parents who watch with their kids will enjoy seeing the original The Lion King gang -- including Timon, Pumbaa, and the eccentric Rafiki -- in cameos throughout the series.
Is It Any Good?
He may be new to the gig, but spunky Kion doesn't waste any time demonstrating that it's not a person's (er, lion's) size but the size of his heart that makes him a great leader. Most of the perpetrators of trouble in the Pride Lands outsize this young cub times over, but he believes in himself and in his friends, and what a difference that makes. Even better for his young fans, Kion rarely engages in physical exchanges himself; instead he finds solutions that acknowledge his neighbors' feelings and preserve the peace at the same time. (Of course, having a ferocious roar doesn't hurt his cause either.)
As Kion is tasked with protecting the circle of life, viewers hear a lot about how and why that balance exists, and some stories show how a small disruption can throw off the entire population's symbiosis. In this way, The Lion Guard introduces kids to general environmental issues and the idea of conservation, which parents can take farther if they'd like. None of the content is scary enough to keep kids away, but discussions about crocodiles eating fish to thin out a lake's population or scenes in which Timon savors an insect delicacy could raise some questions from your kids about the circle of life.
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