DC Super Hero Girls
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Too-brief animated shorts visit heroines' teen years.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Following your destiny isn't always easy, and there's a learning curve to everything new. Teen behavior runs the gamut from earnestness and industriousness to cattiness and social rivalry. All charactres are heroes in the making, but some resort to cheating and sabotage to compete with their peers. Others are driven by an altruistic sense of duty to become full-fledged heroes. Strong messages about girl power.
Positive Role Models
A mixed bag. Many are true heroes in the making and take their studies and responsibilities seriously. Others tend to take the easy way out of challenges, cheating or sneaking around hard work and showing little respect for authority figures.
Violence & Scariness
There's no violence, but the girls have their share of mishaps since they're still working on perfecting their powers, with the occasional bump and crash along the way.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens flirt with each other. In some cases, girls come across as desperate for boys' attention, as when one says longingly, "I LOVE getting flowers."
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Products & Purchases
The series is tied to a line of action figures and inspired by recognizable DC Comics characters, and the animated shorts often feel like lengthy commercials for the accompanying toys.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that DC Super Hero Girls is a series of animated shorts focused on the high school years of Supergirl, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, and their DC Comics peers. With episodes that run two to three minutes in length, stories often end without much resolution or with unrealistically swift fixes to infighting and other sometimes complex troubles. Most of the central figures model positive qualities such as resourcefulness and determination, but a few lean the opposite way, trying to undermine their classmates' hard work and just being generally spiteful, usually without repercussion. There's also some flirting among the girls and their male friends. Kids -- and girls especially -- who are drawn to superheroes may enjoy this glimpse into their formative years, but there are better options than this show.
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DC Super Hero Girls
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What's the Story?
DC SUPER HERO GIRLS is set at Super Hero High School, where young heroes-in-training learn the ins and outs of their powers and being heroes. Super Hero High's halls are filled with familiar faces -- Wonder Woman (voiced by Grey DeLisle), Batgirl (Mae Whitman), Supergirl (Anais Fairweather), and Poison Ivy (Tara Strong) among them -- but these teens aren't the polished saviors of the world that you're used to. They're teens met with the double challenge of mastering their special powers and wading through the social ups and downs of adolescence.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what makes a hero. Does a person's nature determine whether he or she can do heroic things? What real-life heroes have you encountered? In what ways do they show they're only human?
Of the characters at Super Hero High School, which is your favorite? What are her special attributes? Is friendship important to her? How does she deal with difficult classmates?
Kids: Does watching this show change your interest in DC Comics products such as clothing or toys? Do you think this was a point of the show? When you're shopping, are you drawn to products with character images on them?
- Premiere date: October 1, 2015
- Cast: Grey DeLisle, Mae Whitman, Tara Strong
- Network: Online
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Superheroes, Book Characters, Friendship, High School
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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