I received products for review. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services. Your opinions and results may differ.Shimmer and Shine, premiering Monday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick and the Nick Jr. channel. The series (20 episodes) follows twin genies-in-training, Shimmer and Shine, who grant wishes for their friend Leah that lead to surprising mishaps--but the trio always figures out a way to make the mistakes turn out great.
In “The Sweetest Thing,” premiering Aug. 24, Leah wishes for the genies’ help in making cupcakes for her school bake sale. Through silly misunderstandings, Leah, Shimmer and Shine find themselves stuck with a giant birthday cake, some farm animals and no wishes left. They must work together to fix their magical mistakes without drawing the attention of Leah’s curious (and hungry) neighbor, Zac.
In Shimmer and Shine, the eponymous twin sisters are Leah’s secret genies. Leah always has a dilemma that she needs her magical friends’ assistance with, and the genies-in-training are happy to grant her a maximum of three wishes a day to help her out. Sometimes they misinterpret what Leah wishes for and accidentally grant her wishes she didn’t even mean to make. Each wrong wish quickly compounds into a crazy adventure. Ultimately, through teamwork, the genies and Leah find a way to fix the problem.
I remember when my kids were little and they'd get obsessed with a television show. Sometimes, it was pure torture. Some cartoons and preschool viewings either made no sense or spoke a language that was hard to understand. Because I'm a mom and that's what I do, I fed into their obsessions and was forced to watch some of those shows over and over. And over and over.
I will say, though, that there were a handful that were tolerable and even downright cute. After
watching a couple episodes of Shimmer and Shine, I can say that I didn't mind viewing it and would be up for watching the episodes on more than one occasion. It is my prediction that little girls will want their wishes granted with branded toys and merchandise.
Aimed at younger children - more towards girls than boys - Shimmer and Shine features two genies. As the title suggests, one genie is Shimmer and the other is Shine. Both bright-eyed, Shimmer has pink hair and Shine's hair is blue. They are summoned to grant wishes by a young child named Leah. She wears a necklace shaped like a bottle to bring forth the genies when she needs them. She also says a chant. The genies' bracelets light up and they know that it's time to help.
Leah is granted three wishes a day, but not all wishes come true exactly as she imagines. Which, in turn, is okay because they all work together to solve the problem.
Also on the show is a red-haired boy named Zac who is Leah's friend. He has no idea about the genies and doesn't pay no great mind when situations are awry. Adding to the cutness is Tala, a pet monkey and Nahal, a pet tiger cub. Throughout the episode are pop songs with catchy beats.
I can see Shimmer and Shine being a very popular TV show for young children.