The Paper Girls Show

TV review by
Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
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BFFs find creative fuel in a paper-themed fantasy land.

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

Educational Value

Features themes that promote social-emotional learning, such as mindfulness and learning from our mistakes -- and each episode includes links to spin-off STEAM project videos kids can make after watching the main story.

Positive Messages

The characters tackle problem-solving with a positive attitude, creativity, and imagination.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The cast is racially diverse, with strong and clever female characters at the forefront.

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Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Paper Girls Show is an animated YouTube series aimed at kids age 6 to 8, with stories that last about five to six minutes on average. It features tech-loving Caily and fashion-obsessed Reese, best friends who enjoy visiting their local used bookstore/makerspace and working on cool STEAM projects together. The creators also include links to companion videos teaching viewers how to make STEAM-inspired projects that relate somehow to each episode.

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What's the story?

THE PAPER GIRLS SHOW introduces us to tech-loving Caily and fashion-obsessed Reese, two besties who enjoy visiting their local used bookstore/makerspace and working on cool STEAM projects together. When they find their inspiration gears grinding to a halt, they open up a magical old book that transports them to a paper-themed imaginary world called Confetti. This strange land is full of adventure and friends -- like poet/musician Dev and conservation-minded Kami -- but it has a dark side, too, mainly embodied by the nefarious and wasteful Queen Frivol and her paper-munching robots, the Shredders.

Is it any good?

This cute animated series features a diverse cast of brainy girls and offers up helpful lessons about turning mistakes into an opportunity for growth. The Paper Girls Show alternates between two animation styles: one an anime-inspired 2D look, and the other packed with texture and pattern that mimics the look of paper crafts and collage. Both are full of visual appeal. The episodes are pretty short, but if kids want to keep the fun going, they can check out the links in the show notes, which lead to origami and STEAM-inspired how-to videos based on each story. It's a unique approach that gives the series a bit more dimension and educational value than most, which any family can get behind.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the topics covered by The Paper Girls Show, such as the importance of conservation and recycling. What are some ways you can work on lessening your own environmental footprint in the real world?

  • Did watching The Paper Girls Show make you excited to try out the STEAM projects they link to? Which will you try first, and how will you personalize it?

TV details

  • Premiere date: May 7, 2020
  • Network: YouTube
  • Genre: Kids' Animation
  • TV rating: NR
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 20, 2020

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