Trolls: The Beat Goes On!

TV review by
Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
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Trolls and Bergens coexist in cute, cheeky cartoon series.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 9 reviews

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Positive Messages

Themes include letting go of perfectionism, learning to coexist with people you may not always agree with, the value of forgiveness, and being a good sport.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Queen Poppy isn't perfect, but tries her best to rule over Troll Village in a constructive and inclusive way. 

Violence & Scariness

Any violence is cartoonish and slapstick in nature, but parents of sensitive kids should be aware there are some scenes that take place in a Bergen dungeon, where the jailer punishes the prisoners with a bicycle-powered spanking machine, among other goofy implements. There are some growling forest creatures who occasionally pose a threat to the Trolls as well.

Sexy Stuff

There's some trash-talking when the Trolls compete against the Bergens in a sports game, but no swears to speak of.


One episode parodies one-upmanship in sales, when Smidge and Guy Diamond resort to slimy tactics while running their competing juice businesses.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Trolls: The Beat Goes On! features short (11 minutes each), playful cartoons with the characters from the hit Trolls movie, albeit with a mostly new voice cast (who do a great job). There are terrific messages hidden within the characters' kooky adventures and catchy tunes -- Poppy (Amanda Leighton) has to let go of her perfectionism and control-freak tendencies, while Branch (Skylar Astin) learns how to forgive. That said, some parents may find the show's potty humor a tad excessive, and some of the visual jokes (like the scene in a Bergen dungeon that features a leather-clad prison guard barking orders) are a bit eyebrow-raising.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byMomma M. February 5, 2018

Not appropriate language for younger children

I thought Trolls would be a cute show for my younger children. I just went in to check on them and the one character says to Poppy “That Guy is a manipulative j... Continue reading
Parent of a 6-year-old Written byBecky L. January 2, 2020

Some rude behavior, not as good as the movies

My six year old enjoyed the Trolls movie so I let her try the series. The first season was definitely not as good as the original movie with different voice tal... Continue reading
Kid, 7 years old April 10, 2018
it is a really good show!!! little kids mite think its a little scary but its definitely a good show!!!
Kid, 5 years old April 4, 2021

What's the story?

TROLLS: THE BEAT GOES ON! picks up right where the movie left off, with Queen Poppy (voiced by Amanda Leighton) learning to rule among her beloved pals in Troll Village. Now that the Bergens and Trolls have made their peace, it's time to get to know each other better and figure out how to happily coexist -- a process that comes with colorful, music-filled, and often hilarious ups and downs.

Is it any good?

This whimsical, psychedelic animated series is a seamless, laugh-filled continuation of the hit 2016 film, complete with peppy musical numbers and an offbeat blend of animation styles. Overly enthusiastic scrapbooker extraordinaire Queen Poppy is back, accompanied by her curmudgeonly misfit buddy Branch (Skylar Astin) -- and that's a good thing.

But with 52 11-minute cartoons on deck, we've been given plenty of time to get to know some of the more peripheral characters better, and they do not disappoint. Four-legged, long-necked Cooper (Ron Funches) is a punchline-dropping, well-meaning weirdo who could get excited over a speck of lint, while the mysterious Smidge (the tiny "strongwoman" Troll with the raspy voice) turns out to be an ambitious entrepreneur -- and sometimes secret agent! Kids should get a kick out of these new adventures, and learning more about daily life in Troll Village. That said, there's quite a bit of potty humor in Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, including piles of dog poop or glittery Trolls frequently seen farting clouds of sparkles into the air, which could irritate some parents.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Trolls: The Beat Goes On! compares to the original movie. Is life in their world what you thought it would be like? What's different? 

  • What do the Trolls and Bergens learn from each other in this series? Do people have to be alike to get along?

  • How do the Trolls use teamwork to solve problems? Why do you think it's an important character strength

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