Violetta

Common Sense Media says

Soapy but light drama boasts strong female lead.

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What parents need to know

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

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
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Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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. 

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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?

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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. 

Families can talk 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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Teen, 14 years old Written byMovieobsessive June 23, 2014
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11
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WORST. SHOW. EVER.

Gosh, where do I even begin? You should probably know that this show is about a 17 year old girl with an apparently innate singing and dancing talent (actually, whoever has eyes and good taste must disagree on the dancing part.. And she can't sing in the dubbed version either). Her father says she can't sing or dance because her mother died while on tour. So instead of holding a good discussion or at least confronting him, she deliberately disobeys him by attending a studio which specializes in dancing and singing. She makes friends, which her father disapproves of.. Now that's just exaggeration. Her father doesn't want her to make any friends whatsoever or go out because who-knows-why. She covers what she's doing with lie after lie after lie, which seems to be a habit of everyone, and I LITERALLY mean EVERYONE, in this show, including -but not limited to- her dad, her dad's girlfriend who appears to be some form of fairy tale wicked stepmother, the latter's brother, Violetta's aunt, a psycho teacher at the studio, her cliche blond sworn-enemy, etc... This show is definitely going to teach any tween who watches it that pursuing a dream means lie to all the ones who care about you, be rebellious, talk back to your parents! Also, all the guys in the studio have a brief a crush on Violetta for a reason nobody knows, so she swings back and forth from one guy to another and even kisses a guy when she's in a relationship with another, but "it's okay! It's Violetta, she has the right to do it!" Not to mention that youngsters will think that their parents are like Violetta's dad (unreasonable, irrational, judgmental, overprotective) and react like Violetta does on the show (lies, go behind her dad's back..) In fact, this show displays that most adults are hysterically stupid, psycho, or unreasonable, and the few who are good are those who allow you to break rules to extreme extents. It shows illogical consequences of events (her dad eventually listens to her sing and watches her dance, then BOOM, all the wrong actions she had done are forgiven.) The plot of the 80-episode-first-season is simply: Violetta goes behind her dad's back, lies to him in "pursuit of her dream" because "singing is who she is", and then all is bygones, plus a gazillion unnecessary subplots. This show is downright cliche, has overabundance of both characters and events, promotes TERRIBlE behavior, displays stupid adults, and lacks the simplest of common sense, all in the name of music. So, in conclusion, it's not to be recommended to ANYONE, unless you want a corruptive child for you to handle, and is horrible in both quality and values.
Teen, 15 years old Written bygmwbmw35 October 11, 2014
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5
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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.
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