Parents' Guide to

Winx Club

By Tara Swords, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fairy-themed cartoon raises body-image issues for tweens.

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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 51 parent reviews

age 11+

Winx Club is great!

It is so good. I love how girls are fighting the evil instead of waiting for their princes, it teaches important life lessons, really great show for kids, I love Season 1-4. This show has feelings, emotions, and poweful girls unlike other cartoons...
age 8+

Me and my daughter love it!!

Yes, I know it seems a little too late to be writing a review on a cartoon that came out in 2004, but yesterday I just found out about Common Sense Media, so yesterday I created my account, and today I left a review. Here we go: Me and my daughter love the show!! We are currently on season 2 episode 15, almost at 16. In fact, my daughter is watching it right now!! (I'm watching it as I type.) My favorite fairy is probably Stella or Bloom, while my daughter's favorite fairy is Flora (and it's not hard to see why.) All of the girls are strong and fight against a trio of sisters called "the Trix." So far, Winx Club has taught my daughter that you don't need to always be saved by a man, unlike the really old Disney princess movies, where the female is being saved by the male, however in Winx Club, the fairies are the main characters, and they don't need to be saved by the boys (or in this case, the "Specialists".) Unlike what the Common Sense review stated, the Winx don't really kiss their boyfriends that often. I saw some of the other shows that this Common Sense reviewer reviewed, and those reviews mainly stated the good things about those shows. However, when Common Sense was reviewing Winx Club, they mainly focused on the negative aspects on the show. Seriously now!! See the good things, not the bad! Why can't some people realise that?? I don't know, some people are just incredibly stupid...

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (51 ):
Kids say (123 ):

Start with mystical fairy powers, add the ability to fly, flashy clothes, and the constant slumber-party atmosphere of a fairy boarding school, and you have any tween girl's recipe for fun. WINX CLUB is teeming with witches, warriors, and magical mysteries, but it's also bogged down by some content that's not so great for its very impressionable target audience. The girls sport tiny skirts and tummy-bearing tops that show off their impossibly small waistlines and slender legs, and everything from their long, flowing hair (pretty, but not very practical when you're fending off bad guys) to the mere poses they strike invokes some sexual undertones. And all that is in the absence of the guys, with whom they share hefty doses of flirting and eventually some dates and kisses.

Violence is the other sticking point, although it's pretty fantasized (mostly energy balls and magical powers), and blood is minimal. On the upside, though, if your tweens do tune in, they'll be treated to an imaginative story with bold, take-charge heroines who find strength in cooperation, creativity, and a thoughtful approach to solving problems.

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