Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

I Am Frankie

I Am Frankie

Spring 2019 Television
Ages: 6 - 11 yrs.
Producer: Nickelodeon
Rating: TV G

Whether you have braces or glasses or just feel like you don't click with any of the cliques at school, being a teen can be tough. Now imagine trying to navigate teen life when you're an android hoping to blend into the human world. That's the challenge faced by Frankie Gaines in Nickelodeon's live-action series.

Ever since Frankie was smuggled out of a military weapons facility, she's spent her time fitting in at school and eluding the people devising her capture and return. Here, serial drama mixes with lighter episodic plotlines, focused on family, relationships, and finding your place in the world; Frankie as android is a recognizable analogy for teens who feel adrift in the melee of school's social hierarchy. Actress Alex Hook does an admirable job as Frankie, conveying the confusion and surprise one would expect from an android who wasn't programmed to deal with the emotions and sometimes questionable motives of humans.

The target audience for this program is ages 6 - 11; plots are simplistic, the intrigue is easy to follow; special effects are enjoyable and judiciously used, and the "villains" are more silly than sinister. It strikes just the right tone to resonate with young viewers, who are eager to move on to that legendary next level of teen-hood, while still being young enough to appreciate the sci-fantasy twists complicating Frankie's life.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2019 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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