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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Superman's origin story gets sexier, more violent over time.

TV Freeform , CW Drama 2001
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 13+

The best Superman story ever (besides the comics of course)!

This is a fantastic show. Now in it's ninth season it is better than it's ever been. This season is a bit darker. There is a fair amount of violence and some blood but not graphic violence by any means.
age 14+

Best superman show

This is a very good show with amazing storylines. It could get creepy at certain times. It needs some editing for young audiences.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (61 ):

The series revives the superhero genre in an intelligent, if often mature, action series. One of the best aspects of the series, and the most fun for young viewers, is watching the young Clark slowly come into his powers; he's super fast, can see through walls, and has acquired super hearing. Older fans will also appreciate the evolving storylines about the relationships that develop throughout the years.

Early episodes of Smallville emphasize the values of family and friendship, but later ones introduce more mature plots that some may find a little strong for early primetime. And unlike the Superman movies and previous television series, its tone is serious rather than playful. But fans who enjoy well-developed actions series will definitely find it entertaining.

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