A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
In a lot of ways, Batman behaves similarly to his enemies. The Caped Crusader has always been a dark superhero, willing to bend morality and the law to accomplish his goals (though he refrains from killing the baddies he deals with).
Positive Role Models
Although Batman is a complicated role model, he demonstrates courage in the face of his enemies and ultimately battles for good over evil.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent cartoon violence as Batman takes on the bad guys -- guns, knives, fist fights, and more.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Bruce talks about bringing a girl home. Some female characters wear tight clothes.
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Products & Purchases
There are plenty of Batman products out there for young fans to covet.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Batman: The Animated Series -- like all shows and movies centering on the Caped Crusader -- is dark and violent. Batman is a deeply conflicted hero who doesn't hesitate to use his fists to settle a disagreement (though he never kills his targets). Although the content is of high quality overall, the complicated messages and frequent fights mean this series isn't for the littlest viewers.
Is It Any Good?
Overall, this complex, well-made series is further proof (if anyone still needs it) that animation isn't always automatically kid friendly. Batman: The Animated Series is a fairly violent cartoon. Guns, knives, and other weapons make frequent appearances, and all of the characters -- including Batman himself -- handle conflicts with their fists rather than their conversational skills. Also, some episodes focus heavily on Bruce's would-be playboy image, which includes some tame womanizing.
Most concerning, though -- at least for parents of young children -- is the show's overall grim quality: Bruce's melancholy and anger are the driving force behind the entire series, and some of the show's dark, intellectual plot twists could easily scare some younger kids.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.