Parents' Guide to

DC Super Hero Girls

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Too-brief animated shorts visit heroines' teen years.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+

Starts out daft, but gets better

To begin with, this series focused on silly and sometimes out-of-character things happening to the superheroes, but it's now starting to get better, especially since the shorts are tying in with the movies, which are actually pretty good. I like that the characters wear modest and (mostly!) practical clothing and that the Teen Titans are in character. It kind of miffs me that this series is very toy-driven, but even so, I like that DC has created a superhero universe designed to appeal to girls because it turns out rather a lot of them like superheroes as much as boys!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
age 6+

Not Super

My daughter is a little young for this but we gave it a shot because she loves shows with hero characters like PJ Masks and Paw Patrol. Honestly, I wouldn't want her to watch it no matter what age she was. The "superhero" girls are vapid, catty, and frankly stupid. The episodes we watched had two girls using their powers to fight over the last piece of cake, and failing a driving test. My daughter summed it up best when she turned to me and said "Mama, why don't they DO anything?" Good question. If you're looking for heroic female characters, look elsewhere.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (4):

Geared toward girls, these animated shorts are heavy in messages about girl power and embracing individuality, but that's sometimes muddled by teen behavior that's decidedly less heroic. While many of the characters' qualities are great for kids in the audience -- Wonder Woman's leadership, Batgirl's intelligence, and Supergirl's kindness, to name a few -- others, such as Cheetah's egotism, gloss over how this kind of behavior can affect friendships and scholarly success.

DC Super Hero Girls makes an effort to draw girls into the fan base of strong, self-reliant heroic characters, and that's a good thing. It's also a boon that they dress modestly. Focusing on these powerful women in their teen years makes their experiences more relatable to kids and reveals their backstories, which include many mistakes even for the strongest among them. Unfortunately, the show's format hinders much story development and often results in a character's negative behavior taking center stage for the full course of an episode without much resolution, leaving you feeling like you've just invested two minutes in a commercial for the accompanying DC Comics merchandise.

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