Violetta

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Soapy but light drama boasts strong female lead.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Viewers see Violetta come out of her shell and discover herself and her talents with the help of new friends and a supportive mentor. While there's a lot of drama surrounding her, she stays true to herself and doesn't fall victim to it. Violetta rebels against her father's rules in order to follow her dreams. Some teens exhibit unsavory behavior like manipulation and bullying, particular the school's popularity queen who sabotages the creative efforts of her peers, but there are also moments that celebrate friendship, unselfishness, and teamwork.   

Positive Role Models & Representations

Violetta has led a privileged life, but the lack of human contact of her father's design has left her lacking self-confidence. In her new home, though, she makes friends and learns to believe in herself and her talents. German loves his daughter, and his efforts to shield her from the past are well intentioned if misguided. Angie proves to be a caring and devoted teacher and mentor, and Violetta blossoms as a result. Other teen characters are a mixed crowd; some are great friends, while others further their own success by trampling on that of others. 

Violence & Scariness

Teen guys sometimes settle differences by pushing and shoving, particularly when they're trying to win the attention of girls. No injuries, though. There's mention of an accident that caused Violetta's mother's death years ago. 

Sexy Stuff

Teens flirt and some are known to be dating, and the arrival of new peers stirs up competition for significant others. Among adults there's similar drama surrounding unrequited affection and manipulative behavior in romantic relationships. That said, physical contact is very limited. 

Language
Consumerism

Plenty of Violetta-branded merchandise available to purchase, but not advertised within the show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Violetta is an Argentine soap-style drama series aimed at teens that's been dubbed for English-speaking viewers. It follows a teen's coming-of-age as she identifies her values and follows her dreams. To do so, she sometimes breaks her father's rules, but the point is never to hurt him, but to chase her own opportunities. Teen relationships yield some physical closeness but nothing suggestive, and bullying behavior usually is more in line with getting a peer in trouble with teachers or a boss than anything physically harmful. Even so, what takes center stage are the positive relationships that exist among teens who support each other, as well as strong messages about empowerment that follow Violetta's development through a love of music. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byC.Ireland August 31, 2015

It's an alright programme

I think the dubbing is okay, however in the first and second season, the dubbing was quite poor as they dub the singing too! Yet to find out wether or not they... Continue reading
Adult Written bykasir October 29, 2015
Okay first of all i watch this and season 3 isn't on netflix please fix this and this is a really good tv show for kids teaching them to follow their heart... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMaddie L. October 11, 2014

Funny!

It can be hilarious at times, even though it isn't in my country yet AND when I do see it, it's in Spanish. Ludmilla can get quite mean though. Plus,... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byYellowLE December 28, 2016

One of my favourite shows!

At first I started watching this with my 18 year-old sister because we thought it would be really stupid and it was at first. But I quickly fell in love with it... Continue reading

What's the story?

After living a lonely life in Europe for many years, VIOLETTA (Martina Stoessel) returns home to Buenos Aires with her father, German (Diego Ramos). The arrival refreshes many questions the teen has about her mother, whose untimely death many years ago caused a rift in the family that German hoped to put behind him by heading overseas, but German refuses to talk to his daughter about his late wife. Fortunately for Violetta, her aunt, Angie (Clara Alonso), re-enters her life and becomes her mentor, giving her piano lessons at the prestigious music school Studio 21. There Violetta discovers her untapped talent for singing as well, a skill that she inherited from her mother but that her father adamantly discourages. Meanwhile, being among peers at Studio 21 raises a whole new set of issues for the sheltered teen, and she must navigate the ups and downs of friendships, crushes, and the mixed emotions of growing up.

Is it any good?

Violetta enjoys huge success in its native Latin America, prompting Disney to release this English version of the teen soap to a wider audience. It's much what you would expect from such a telenovela -- highly exaggerated, exuberantly acted drama among both the teens and adults. There's plenty of romantic angst, a fair amount of bad behavior (kids undermine each other to stand out in their classes, a woman schemes to force a marriage, Violetta herself defies her father's wishes to follow her dreams, etc.), and contentious family relationships. Through it all, a sensitive teen copes with the memory of her late mother and struggles to find answers to the questions she has about her.

At the same time, the show has some decent content to offer teens who watch, especially when it comes to Violetta's character. She's the epitome of a boundless spirit, undaunted by the confines of the life she's led thus far and determined to embrace the possibilities of her future. In so doing, she has to define her own sense of right and wrong, and she aligns herself with people who share her strong values. Even better, because hers is so positive an example, the negative behavior of some of her less likable peers stands out more obviously for viewers, making it easy to differentiate between right and wrong. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about relationships. Do shows like this one paint a realistic picture of how teens relate to each other in the real world? When they exaggerate, what purpose does it serve? 

  • Tweens: What messages do you get about body image from the media you consume? Do you often see different sizes and shapes represented? If not, does this imply anything about what's considered "beautiful"?

  • Violetta has to break some rules to follow her dreams. Parents and tweens can talk about some of their own family rules and reasons for them. What boundaries do you have for your tweens dating? For screen time? What is the relationship between your kids' responsibilities and their privileges? 

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