Just Add Magic
This live-action series is built around an ancient cookbook that gives three teen girls the power to whip up magical spells and undo curses. Aimed at elementary-aged kids, Just Add Magic is filled with sci-fantasy storylines that work on two levels: First, there’s the continuing storyline about the cookbook’s relationship to old family feuds and guarded secrets; and, second, there’s a stand-alone plot in each episode as the teens contend with the results of a particular magic spell.
In the Season 3 opener, Just Add Time Travel, a teenager from the past uses the cookbook to travel through time, where she ends up meeting her own granddaughter in the present day. Their interactions risk altering history unless the girls can cook up a spell to get everyone back to the right time period. In Just Add Plants, Kelly, Hannah, and Darby grow spices to use in their magical recipes but plants around town end up taking on magical powers of their own . . . affecting people who consume them. In the continuing storyline about the cookbook’s origin and its protectors, new characters are introduced and the girls will face important decisions about who to trust and who to help. And, in Just Add Codes, cooking and decoding collide as the girls look for a way to enter a secret bunker unearthed by a quake.
This series is nicely shot, with credible acting, levity to lighten talk of curses, and noteworthy special effects. Expect tweeners to be suitably entertained.
Gina Catanzarite ©2020 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 14 Emmy® awards, 37 Emmy® nominations, a Matrix award, 3 Golden Quill awards, 2 Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.