A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than educate.
Mean-spirited pranks and sabotage from rival students threaten Andi's success with her charges. Andi challenges the status quo by working to be the first human guardian, and she refuses to give up despite many hardships. On the flip side, she faces prejudice from Ruby in particular, who feels that a human doesn't belong in a magical school.
Positive Role Models
Andi is determined, self-motivated, and able to think on her feet, all of which makes her a great guardian. She's also willing to work within a team structure and with others who share her ideals. Other role models are less admirable leaders, and the lone adult in the mix is silly and ineffective. Ruby forces her young charges to help her undermine Andi's efforts.
Products & Purchases
The series is a spin-off of Every Witch Way, and dialogue often references that show's story and characters.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that WITS Academy is a sequel to the Nickelodeon series Every Witch Way. It offers little background but often makes references to the story and characters who bridge the two shows, so kids who haven't seen the preceding show may want to check it out. The show plays up a rivalry between the main character and a classmate who does everything she can to sabotage Andi's success, partly because of personal dislike and partly because of prejudice against the school's only non-magical student. The lone adult figure is silly and superficial, but Andi's determination to succeed and willingness to learn from mistakes makes her a decent role model in this otherwise unremarkable series.
Is It Any Good?
This series improves on its predecessor by dialing down the clientele's infighting to a manageable cattiness rather than full-blown spite, but otherwise it's more of the same from this add-on. Telenovela formats being what they are, there are lots of characters to manage, relationships to monitor, and chaos to create for drama (and sometimes humor). Predictably, there's also plenty of impassioned acting and a lot of cheesiness to the presentation as a whole.
With so many characters, there are many subplots that give some variety to the story, but the primary dynamic exists between Andi and her rival, Ruby, who's motivated by frustration and jealousy to sabotage Andi's success time and again. This is bothersome enough, but it's even more bothersome when you consider that she manipulates her young protégés into doing so as well. Though it deserves some credit for propping up a strong female character in the indomitable and determined Andi, WITS Academy's otherwise mixed messages are concerning as well.
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