Alexa & Katie, a Netflix original series, is a preteen drama about two teenage friends, one of whom has cancer. The show gives viewers a perspective on what a teenager with cancer goes through while avoiding the scarier aspects of the disease. For example, one episode centers around how Alexa deals with hair loss after chemo. Katie is a loving and supportive friend, and overall the show portrays a positive relationship. The show has some mild language and talk of crushes and dating.
Our Take on Alexa & Katie
While Alexa and Katie aren’t perfect—they do mess up and do unkind things or make wrong choices at times—the show overall has a positive message and may help preteens develop empathy for other kids with chronic sickness or disease. Also, in a time when “mean girl” behavior is becoming more common at earlier ages, the female friendship in this show can encourage preteen girls to be supportive and loving of their friends.
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