W.I.T.C.H.

Common Sense Media says

An animated fantasy-adventure series for tweens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The characters occasionally tease each other gently and use light sarcasm, but they set a good example by working as a team and by helping the weak rather than taking advantage of them.

Violence & scariness

The mild cartoon violence in this program mostly involves mythical creatures threatening humans or using weapons with intent to kill. The main characters use their superpowers to defend themselves or throw their enemies off-balance, not necessarily to injure them.

Sexy stuff

One of the subplots is a budding relationship between a boy and girl; they mention liking each other, and they hug and kiss at one point. Very sweet and innocent, no innuendo.

Language

No strong or inappropriate language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that boy-girl crushes are explored and that some kissing and hugging is involved. Also, some of the characters are stereotypes and not necessarily portrayed in a realistic way. However, the kids in the show are generally portrayed as caring, respectful, and fairly mature for their age. The five main characters are ethnically diverse and are good role models for girls because they're independent thinkers and deal with challenges head-on.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

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W.I.T.C.H. is an entertaining and wholesome animated series that follows five schoolgirls as they face not only the everyday challenges of teen life, but also the responsibilities that come with having magical powers. Junior high students Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia, and Hay Lin (their initials form the acronym W.I.T.C.H.) discover that they possess magical powers and have been chosen as the Guardians of the Veil, a portal between the real world and a magical world called Meridian. Will, the new girl on the block, is the keeper of the Heart of Kandrakhar, a sort of amulet that gives the five friends their superpowers. Good vs. evil is a central theme of the show, as the girls fight to keep their world safe from the dangers lurking on the other side of the portal -- all while learning to balance schoolwork, activities, and relationships.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While interactions among the characters can lean toward the melodramatic at times, the show makes an effort to portray teens in a positive (though perhaps not always realistic) light. The main characters set a good example by pulling together to overcome obstacles, whether as superheroes or regular teens; they also generally show respect for one another, despite occasional teasing. Young viewers will relate to much of the dialogue and to situations such as school trips, birthday parties, and first crushes. The superpower element adds an exciting dimension to the show.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of working as a team. Which real-life activities at school help promote teamwork? They can also address the show's stereotypes. When the girls tease Cornelia for being a "dumb blonde," are they taking it too far? How would you react to such teasing? Another topic of discussion could be how to use power responsibly. What would you do if you were given a special power? How would you use it for good? Finally, families can talk about how to handle a crush. What's a good way to let someone know you like them? If you don't really like someone who has a crush on you, how can you be honest without hurting their feelings?

TV details

Cast:Candi Milo, Kelly Stables
Network:Disney Channel
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 July 14, 2010
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7
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Very interesting show

It's an interesting show. It's similar to Winx Club but it has more complex story lines. I like it more as I'm older than I did when I was younger. There is some mild violence, but there's not a lot. The characters use their powers to fight, but I believe there is some hand-to-hand combat-but no one really gets hurt and there's no blood. There's also some dating/ kissing. There are some positive messages about friendship, doing what's right (because the girls fight evil)-it's also a bit feminist, since the girls save the day.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Adult Written byMr. Lovewell May 12, 2011
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14
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A rare gem in Children's Programming.

This is actually a good show, despite it's young girl image. The team is varied in powers and stereotype, (Irma's the jokester, and Will is the girl wanting to be accepted by her friends.) and the jokes scattered throughout the series freshen the repetitive formula of Wake up/Go to School/Save the World. I liked it when I first saw it, as it pushed the bar that had been set before it by other shows, like Power Rangers and such. The girls have weaknessess and issues, such as crushes, rejection, and peer pressure. This had not been done by any other superhero show before it, and that is what I think makes this show a must see for any teen looking for action and a little dash of realisim.
What other families should know
Great role models
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 10 years old December 31, 2008
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8
QUALITY
 

wow

i love this show.it is very entertaining.my favourite one is hay lin

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