The Lion Guard

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Simba's son monitors circle of life in meaningful series.
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Parents say

age 6+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 10 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Kids learn some about the sights and sounds of the savannah and garner basic knowledge of how its residents interact.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Body odor and farting are points of hilarity throughout the show.

Consumerism

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.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAwesomePerson1996 April 18, 2016

Good 4 Kids & Adults

Growing up, I've always loved The Lion King. I would watch all the movies. I saw the musical twice! I think this show can be enjoyed by adults who grew u... Continue reading
Aunt of a 10 year old Written bySamantha F. September 14, 2016

A total disappointment and painful to watch.

Growing up as a child, watching The Lion King and its sequal and prequal. As well reading the origional Canon: The Lion King: Six New Adventures. I, for one, ca... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 28, 2016
great show for little ones even i love it
Teen, 14 years old Written bySaphirebliss June 18, 2016

Don't forget about The Lion King

It is a great story and teaches valuable lessons to children but kids should watch the original first so they don't get confused. Kids should understand th... Continue reading

What's the story?

With his sister, Kiara (voiced by Eden Riegel), in line to rule the Pride Lands, Kion (Max Charles) proudly assumes his legacy as leader of THE LION GUARD, a group tasked with protecting the animals that live there. Flanked by his best friends -- Bunga (Joshua Rush), Fuli (Diamond White), Beshte (Dusan Brown), and Ono (Atticus Shaffer) -- Kion keeps watch on the goings on around his home and works hard to maintain the delicate balance of life there. Often that requires the guidance of his elders, including his father, Simba (Rob Lowe); the spirit of his legendary grandfather, Mufasa (Gary Anthony Williams); and Simba's old pals Timon (Kevin Schon) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella).

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes Kion a good leader in The Lion Guard. Is he especially strong, either physically or in spirit? What other positive qualities does he have? Why is teamwork so important to the success of the Lion Guard?

  • To what degree do small changes in the Pride Lands affect the whole population? How might factors outside of the animals' control (the weather, for instance) have a negative impact on the life balance there? Are they more or less dangerous than predators' influence?

  • What value is there in asking for help when you need it? Are there instances in which your kids find that difficult to do? Does Kion ever put off asking for advice? If so, are there negative consequences for the delay?

  • How do the characters in The Lion Guard demonstrate courage? Why is this an important character strength?

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