A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Skye's determination to save her mother's heritage is admirable, and in so doing, she helps her new circle of friends continue to have a place that feels like home. Teen drama includes competition for a boy's attention, some jealousy, and a little bit of diva behavior but nothing too unseemly. Her mother's death still weighs on Skye's mind, but she deals with it in healthy ways. Following his dreams puts Sean at odds with his dad.
Positive Role Models
The teens are the focus of the series, with adults in mostly supporting roles. Skye stands out as headstrong, principled, and motivated by her love for her late mother. She also values positive traits in her friends, such as loyalty and respect. Others are similarly positive role models, but Danielle can be manipulative and judgmental. Some characters' motives are suspect as the story evolves.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some flirting among teens.
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Products & Purchases
This musical series introduces original songs performed by the cast.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Lodge is a British musical series set in Ireland and featuring a mostly teen cast. Main character Skye stands out among them for her optimism and ability to turn challenges into opportunities. She and her friends experience typical teen problems such as relationship struggles, crushes, and walking the fine line between childhood and adulthood, but, with few exceptions, they're a likable bunch. The story often references the recent loss of Skye's mother, and coping with her emotions helps motivate her to make the lodge work for her father and grandfather. Some characters' loyalties become suspect as secrets to the past are revealed, and at least one teen has a contentious relationship with his father. All in all, though, this is a worry-free pick for tweens.
Is It Any Good?
This teen series offers lots of soapy drama, appealing original music (if fairly corny lip-synch sequences), and a standout female role model. Skye embraces change and works hard for what she wants, whether it's to stay in her mother's childhood home or to break into an established circle of friends. She's gregarious and open-minded, and she values loyalty and friendship in everyone around her. Of course, that's not enough to save her from teen stresses, so romance, jealousy, and plenty of other standard woes make their way around Skye and her peers. On the whole, though, the characters deal with these issues in positive ways.
The Lodge's all-European cast brings many new faces to Disney, giving the show a real freshness that suits the unique musical format on TV. It does fall into the familiar trap of portraying adults as dim, secretive, and self-serving, but ultimately that just brings the teens even more to the forefront of the story. Given this decent crop of young characters, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
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