DC's Legends of Tomorrow

TV review by
Edie Nugent, Common Sense Media
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Cartoonish but violent battle through time with DC's heroes.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 28 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Themes include courage, empathy, perseverance, and teamwork. Uniting a team of fighters to battle the forces of evil is undeniably a good thing, as is encouraging that team to transcend their more selfish motivations of individual glory. The show's stars are moved to battle a powerful foe when the odds are clearly against them. But the themes of personal vengeance cannot be untangled from the plot and undermine these ethical victories.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The star of the series, Rip Hunter, lies to his former employers and steals a time-traveling vessel to pursue a personal vendetta. He does so for understandable reasons, and the murder of his family is a case study in the casual brutality of Savage's world-domination enterprise. Two of the team members are admitted criminals. The other team members deceive each other and try to run from responsibility before giving into the better parts of their natures.

Violence

A child watches his mother murdered in front of him before also being killed by the same villain. Many scenes of hand-to-hand combat. A stabbing, complete with visible blood, results in death. Another character gets a bloody wound to the shoulder. Battle scenes are epic and include bombings, hand grenades, and lots of laser weapons firing on crowds of civilians. Two main characters, capable of reincarnation, are murdered in their past lives. Even the alleged heroes take to punching each other when angry.

Sex

A character asks a team member to join him in the parking lot for sex; she replies that their companion is more "her speed." Two characters, depicted as being very much in love, kiss passionately on top of each other in bed where a female naked back is shown.

Language

"Stupid" and "idiot."

Consumerism

The major brand is right there in the show title: DC's Legends of Tomorrow. One of the two major comic-book companies in existence, DC is owned by Warner Bros., one of the largest entertainment conglomerates in the world.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DC's Legends of Tomorrow is an action-adventure series that gathers characters from the DC comic-book universe to battle a despotic villain. Time-traveler Rip Hunter rounds up the misfit guest stars from shows such as Arrow and Flash to save the earth. When the Legends manage to set aside internal bickering, they engage in lots of fevered battles that show the costs of war. Casualties abound, including mothers and children (the favorite victims of the bad guy), so expect lots of comic-style fighting and violence.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHieptrieu April 8, 2016
Parent of a 12 year old Written byJswurd April 8, 2017

Iffy story and too many characters make this show a mess, but it still has its thrills.

This show isn't great, the storyline is predictable and confusing, it tries to focus on too many characters than it can handle, and not the mention the ter... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old February 14, 2016

THIS IS THE NEW THING

I love this! I say 10 and up because it has violence, and in one episode, there is gore, but besides those, there's a lot of elements of shows that some ki... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 3, 2016

I love things like this!

Okay for starters there is the BLACK CANARY! OMG SHE IS FROM ARROW TOO! .....anywayz This is a really good TV Show there can be violence, but that would be it.... Continue reading

What's the story?

In the year 2166, Vandal Savage has used his immortality to amass enough strength to rule all of Earth in DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. His world domination doesn't sit well with Rip Hunter, a former Time Master whose wife and child were coldly murdered by Savage during the second London Blitz. Hunter gathers a group of heroes (and  a few thugs) who are inconsequential to history to harness their team potential and battle Savage. It's the Bad News Bears of comic-book teams, rising to the occasion and becoming more than the sum of its parts. 

Is it any good?

Kids and teens will be interested in this series, as it features yet another team of fighting heroes drawn from comic-book lore -- it's too bad that something feels a bit off. The stakes are made very clear early on: The bad guy murders women and children for seemingly no other reason than his thirst for power. With the depth and character development that's been going into other recent comic adaptations, it's disappointing not to see the same level of care here. 

But the main problem with DC's Legends of Tomorrow is that the scripting, pacing, and, largely, the acting don't do this rather boilerplate premise any favors. As the team is made up of second- and third-tier DC characters (especially in terms of their modern appeal), this makes justifying the rather violent battles and fistfights more difficult, especially for younger fans of comic-book adventures. Still, there's relatively little blood, and the ethical thrust of the series -- a team of unlikely heroes save the earth from a murderous dictator -- is a positive thing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of superheroes like the one in DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Why do you think they're still so beloved? 

  • Families can also talk about good versus evil and the blurred lines in between. Some superheroes circumvent the law or fudge the truth, claiming the greater good is being served. Under what circumstances do the ends potentially justify the means?

  • How do the characters in DC's Legends of Tomorrow demonstrate courage and perseverance? What about empathy and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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