Amazon Debuts Original Live-Action Kids Series The Kicks on August 26 on Prime Video

Based on Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan’s best-selling book
The Kicks follows Devin Burke as she rises to
the challenge and leads her new school’s soccer team to become a
competitive force

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced its brand-new Amazon Original Kids
Series, The
, is scheduled to premiere on Friday, August 26 on Prime
Video in the US, UK, Germany and Austria. Based on a book series by US
Olympic Gold Medalist and current US Women’s National Team soccer player Alex
, The Kicks is a live-action series for children ages
six to 11 and follows Devin Burke (played by newcomer Sixx
), who was the star player on her soccer team until her family
moved to California midway through the school year. Now, Devin has to
rise to the challenge after discovering her new school team, The Kicks,
has been on a losing streak over the last few months and they are badly
in need of a leader to rally the team. The pilot episode, rated 4.9
stars by customers with 92% 5-star reviews, is available to stream
today, with nine additional episodes to debut on August 26 exclusively
for Prime members via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices
including Fire TV, mobile devices and online—Prime members can also
download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing.

The Kicks follows Devin and the team on their journey to come out
on top. The first season finds The Kicks going head-to-head with the
boys’ team, helping Devin regain her confidence after losing her lucky
headband, Devin being forced to make a decision between her friend and
what’s best for the team, and Devin overcoming adversity after an injury.

“Both Alex Morgan and now Devin are undeniably strong female role models
who will inspire our audience to work hard and passionately to achieve
their goals,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon
Studios. “The Kicks showcases the value of overcoming the odds
and our audience will relate with the broader themes of passion,
determination and camaraderie developed throughout the season.”

“I’m so excited to be working with Amazon and Full Fathom Five to bring The
 to life,” said Alex Morgan. “It is amazing to see the pages of
my books take shape on the screen, and I cannot wait for it to premiere.
Devin is so relatable and kids will go with her on this journey that
draws from my real experiences as a young athlete.”

The Kicks also stars Sophia
Mitri Schloss
(Desert Cathedral) as Emma Gelbaum, E’myri
(Vacation) as Zoe Hanson, Gabe
(Even Angels Cry) as Bailey Burke, Monica
(Hawaii Five-0) as Sharon Burke, and Tim
Martin Gleason
(New Girl) as Tom Burke. The series is
executive produced by Full Fathom Five’s novelist James
(I Am Number Four) and Todd
(Lumen), Andrew
(Malcolm in the Middle), and David
(Twisted). The series is co-executive produced by Nastaran
(According to Jim) and written by Orenstein, David
(Space Racers), Taylor
(King Julien Stand Up), Jacquie
(Building Wild).

The Kicks was part of Amazon’s kids pilot season last year, a
unique development process that gives all customers an opportunity to
stream and review pilots in order to help choose the next Amazon
Original Series that are then available to Prime Members. Below are what
customers have said about the pilot:

  • “We loved this pilot. Such a great message and a great story for
    girls. Devon is a great role model for young women.”
  • “Not only is it a sports team show with a girl in the lead, but it has
    a very positive message!”
  • “It’s smart, and warm, and doesn’t talk down to kids, while still
    having some really funny moments for adults.”
  • “The actors did a fantastic job bringing you into the story and
    feeling as if it was real. It’s extremely relatable to adults and
    children of all ages.”
  • “Great show for my tween daughter and one that doesn’t forget adults
    might be watching too. It’s far superior on every metric…”
  • “This is such a timely show for teenagers. The media has a huge
    influence on how kids learn to treat each other. This program exhibits
    this with warmth and humor.”

The first season of The Kicks will be available for Prime members
to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected
devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at,
at no additional cost to their membership. Customers who are not already
a Prime member can sign up for a free trial at
For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit
The Kicks will also be available as part of Amazon FreeTime
Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat subscription service designed from the
ground up for kids. FreeTime Unlimited is available exclusively
on Amazon devices including Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, and a
year-long subscription is included with every Fire Kids Edition.

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