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TV Series Review

Ten-year-old Viking twins Dak and Leyla, are experts. Dragon experts.

Rescued by a dragon from a shipwreck at a young age, Dak and Leyla have spent most of their lives being raised by fire-breathing beasties. And thanks to all their time in the reptilian world, they’ve become the only known humans who understand dragon speech.

That’s pretty cool. Especially since it allows them to aid orphan dragons and provide help to those in need with their tight-knit family, made up of dragons: Aggro, Winger, Cutter, Summer and Burple.

One day, as Dak and Leyla ride around on their dragon friends, exploring vast lands and the surrounding ocean, they save chief Duggard, leader of the island of Huttsgalor, and he offers them a permanent home. Initially hesitant, Dak, Leyla and the rest of the team accept. And they take on their new role as fierce protectors of Huttsgalor.

Fighting off villainous dragons such as Slinkwings and escaping the wily whims of disgruntled citizens like the aptly named Magnus Finke, these Rescue Riders go to great lengths to protect those they love. And they always do so together.

How To Befriend A Dragon

This Netflix original is a spinoff series in the How to Train Your Dragon universe. And fitting its dragonish DNA, it’s aimed right at your kiddos.

Each episode (at least in its 14-episode first season) is packed with clean humor, cute dragons and a handful of tangible life-lessons.

Although there may be a few slightly scary dragons that breathe their way across Huttsgalor, there’s nothing truly terrifying or problematic here. Kids learn about teamwork, bravery, forgiveness and inclusion. And, most importantly, they’re drawn into a world that places a high value on family and reconciliation.

As a parent, that makes me pretty happy.

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Noah Kaye Bentley as Burple; Brennley Brown as Leyla; Zach Callison as Winger; Nicholas Cantu as Dak; Skai Jackson as Summer; Andre Robinson as Cutter; Marsai Martin as Aggro; Carlos Alazraqui as Duggard; Grey Griffin as Marena; Brad Grusnick as Magnus Finke; Roshon Fegan as Elbone; Moira Quirk as Hannahr






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Kristin Smith

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