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The Loud House

The Loud House

Spring 2019 Television
Ages: 6 - 11 yrs.
Producer: Nickelodeon
Rating: TV Y7
p>Life is tough for Lincoln Loud, an 11-yr-old coping with the usual tween tribulations. To make it more complicated, he's the brother of ten sisters. That results in a lot of chaos, but the family obviously abounds with loyalty and love, too, a refreshing change from other programs that rely on mean-spirited sibling spats for plot fodder.

Lincoln's problems are pretty basic: Family game night is spoiled by a sister who's a bad sport; little sis Lily gets attached to a musical toy that drives the rest of the siblings crazy; and the Loud kids try to get their dad to appreciate new technology after he puts a ban on their beloved electronic devices. At school, Lincoln lacks confidence on a woodworking assignment; and he and his sister take pity on science-class frogs destined for dissection. Lincoln's best buddy Clyde joins him in tackling these challenges, and by the end of each storyline, Lincoln's sisters help him glean positive messages about resolving conflicts and making good choices.

This series is noisy, frenetic, and peppered with mild gross-out humor. A few peripheral characters are uncomfortably stereotyped. And some parents may feel their homes are raucous enough without inviting Lincoln Loud and his crowd in via the television screen. Still, the series includes a nice nod towards respecting differences and diversity, and Lincoln's family interactions are based on the desire to resolve squabbles, not exact revenge. Consider it harmless, albeit loud, escapist entertainment.

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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