Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Common Sense Media says

Campy '90s tale still delights, but expect some violence.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Strong family relationships and self-esteem play a role in the show as they relate to Clark's attempts to maintain his dual identity. Good and evil are clearly defined, even when the villains' true intentions aren't apparent to everyone.

Positive role models

Clark's super-heroics extend beyond saving people's lives. He has high principles and steers clear of the spotlight to lead an average life. Lois works hard and never lets fear stand in her way, whether at her job or in her relationships. Both often find themselves in life-threatening situations for the sake of saving other people.

Violence

Peril and mayhem plague the citizens of Metropolis, from gas leaks and traffic accidents to building fires and explosions. Hostage situations, murder (bodies are shown but not the act itself), fistfights, weapon use (guns, knives, etc.) exist as well, but the violence isn't gratuitous. Predictably, the heroes always manage to emerge unscathed, but some bystanders aren't as lucky.

Sex

Sometimes women use their appeal to distract or influence men, and there are some mild implications of sexuality. A developing romance between Lois and Clark is central to the show's plot and its appeal, but by today's standards, their relationship is notably un-sexy. On Lois's side, there's more banter than flirting, at least in the beginning stages. Clark makes some obvious attempts to turn her head, but they're all very modest. Later episodes see their relationship develop, so there's some physical closeness (kissing, hugging) but still no sex.

Language

"Damn" and "hell" occasionally.

Consumerism

The series is based on the Superman comics and character, which have spawned multiple movies and TV shows.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Adults drink wine and champagne in social settings and at meals, but it rarely plays a major part in the story.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that newcomers to Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman will find the show a little campy, thanks to some corny plots and the passage of nearly two decades since its start, but overall it's fine to share this fun series with older tweens. Expect a lot of peril and violence -- mostly in the form of clashes with supervillains or human catastrophes like fires and explosions -- as well as storylines that touch on murder, kidnapping, and other potentially worrisome topics. Language is minimal, and sexual content is light compared to that of today's prime time options.

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What's the story?

LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN is a mid-'90s series that follows the evolution of Clark Kent (Dean Cain) into the famed caped crusader and his developing relationship with his crush, Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher). The story opens with Clark's arrival in Metropolis and resulting partnership with the hard-nosed reporter, Lois, at the Daily Planet newspaper. While attempting to fit in among "normal" citizens, Clark creates his lycra-clad alter-ego so he can fight crime without revealing his identity. The show also stars John Shea as Lex Luthor, the power-hungry villain who aims to undo Superman and woo Lois. During its four-year run, the series saw Superman face off with an assortment of alien and human challengers, and Clark win the heart of Lois, who initially has eyes only for Superman.

Is it any good?

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A fan favorite whose abrupt cancelation after four seasons rankled many viewers left pondering a plot cliffhanger, Lois & Clark continues to entertain nearly 20 years later. Casting is one of the show's biggest selling points, starting with Cain and Hatcher as the iconic couple, and rounded out by Shea as the delightfully two-faced Luthor and a procession of talented supporting and guest cast members throughout its run. True, the show lost some of its zest toward the end and fell victim to some pretty corny storylines (all of which will seem cornier now that passing years have lessened the impact of its special effects), but that's part of what makes this series an enjoyable blend of humor, drama, and romance.

If you're brand new to the show, its campiness may make the biggest impression on you, but overlook that and you'll have a lot of fun with the story, the characters, and the great writing. By today's standards, this series' content is notably mild, with little more than the occasional swear word, a shirtless Cain (but who's complaining?), and implications of sexuality. Violence is a concern, though even it comes off as hokey thanks to dated special effects, so you're best to reserve this one for your older tweens and teens.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how time changes our expectations of TV shows and movies. Does this show suffer from dated effects and costumes? To what degree do these aspects affect your enjoyment of older shows? Which classics still rank among your favorites?

  • Tweens: How has our sensitivity to violence on TV changed over the years? Do you think today's standards are acceptable? What, if any, effect does violence have on audiences? 

  • Which other classic stories would you like to see extrapolated upon? In what ways does this show adhere to the classic Superman story? How does it diverge from it?

TV details

Cast:Dean Cain, John Shea, Teri Hatcher
Networks:ABC, The Hub
Genre:Drama
Topics:Superheroes, Great boy role models, Great girl role models
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byTeen2 November 3, 2012
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9
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not for young kids but older kids will like it

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byjoyman June 4, 2013
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17
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This show is a classic

This show is a classic and just love how funny Dean Cain & Teri Hatcher is as Clark & :Lois

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written bycoopr coop April 18, 2013
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17
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Lois & Clark: 4 every

I relly like this show and hope the hub will keep this show around

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