A Netflix Original, Greenhouse Academy is based on an Israeli TV series called The Greenhouse with the first season of the adaptation released in 2017. There have been two seasons so far, with 12 episodes in each and a third season is expected to be in the pipeline but there's been no official confirmation yet.
So if you haven't seen it or heard of it, Greenhouse Academy is about Hayley and Alex, a brother and sister who's mother, an astronaut, is killed when a NASA rocket launch goes wrong. Eight months later they enrol in an exclusive private school for gifted future leaders, which their mother also happened to attend. The school is split into two separate competing houses but over time they have to put academic rivalry aside and join together to investigate mysterious goings on at the campus.
I get it if you think the plot sounds a bit naff but Greenhouse Academy was a real surprise in terms of it's depth of storylines with a couple of twists throw in that even I didn't see coming! It's a smart show for a number of reasons. Firstly, I'll admit that, with a ten year old daughter, finding female lead characters that aren't almost entirely manufactured from pink bubblegum can be tricky and this is where Greenhouse Academy excels. Focusing on intelligence and leadership qualities over ‘cuteness', for both it's female and male cast members, means that kids get to go behind the usual veil of gloss to see what it takes to excel academically.
Don't get me wrong, it's not all maths and science and it does have the usual tween themes of love and heart break but that's secondary to the group working together as they uncover a deadly plot to use earthquakes for monetary gain. There are the usual good guys and bad guys, some more obvious than others, but overall this is a well written and very engaging show that is great for older kids and their parents who want to watch along with them.