Doom Patrol

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Fun, heartfelt superhero reboot has language, nudity.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 6 reviews

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Positive Messages

It highlights the struggles of people who are rejected by society because they are different. Friendship, team work, and living with one’s inner fears are discussed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Doom Patrol is comprised of flawed misfits with superhuman powers. Despite their shortcomings, they stay loyal to each other and want to save the world. 


Lots of action sequences that include explosions, fire, etc. Most of the Doom Patrol members suffered horrific accidents that somehow led to their superhuman powers. Burning bodies and bloody corpses are visible.  


Strong sexual innuendo, including nudity (bare bottoms, breasts) during occasional sex scenes. 


Curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are frequently used.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasionally beer, wine, and pot smoking is visible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Doom Patrol is a mature reboot of the classic DC comic of the same name (it's a spinoff of the Titans series). Mature content includes nudity (bare bottoms, breasts) and simulated sex acts, as well as cursing ("s--t," "f--k," etc.). And like most grown-up superhero adventure shows, it has lots of violence, from standard explosions and crashes to people burning to death, with bloody corpses visible. There’s some drinking and pot smoking, too. But it also has positive messages about teamwork, loyalty, and being willing to sacrifice for others. The show streams on the DC Universe website.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byUsername101 March 11, 2019

Funnier than marvel, darker than dc and more self aware then deadpool.

Good superhero show but it's not for kids because theres a lot of f words, bloody violence thers a but where someone gets ripped in half with blood sprayin... Continue reading
Adult Written byRjeezy March 3, 2019
Teen, 13 years old Written byQtjoshy May 25, 2020

No way is it 15+

First 10 minutes a man is having sex with som chick shows boobs and bare cheeks didn’t even watch past that
Teen, 17 years old Written byLpiechow21 September 25, 2020

What's the story?

DOOM PATROL, a spin-off of the Titans series, is an action adventure story about a group of traumatized superheroes trying to protect the world that rejects them. When Cliff Steele (Brendan Fraser/Riley Shanahan) wakes up in a laboratory belonging to scientist Niles Caulcer, or The Chief (Timothy Dalton) years after an accident, he realizes that he's been given a new life as a robot-like creature. Now known as Robotman, he lives at Caldour Manor with The Chief, Larry Trainer, aka Negative Man (Matt Bomer/Matthew Zuk), Rita Farr, Elastic-Woman (April Bowlby), and Kay Challis, also known as Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero). They want to save the town they live in from an evil presence coming their way, but when new recruit Victor Stone, aka Cyborg (Joivan Wade) joins them, he calls them to action in order to protect the world from nemesis Eric Morden (Alan Tudyk). Villain name? Mr. Nobody.

Is it any good?

This fun, funny, and sometimes touching series offers a new generation of DC Universe fans the chance to get to know this group of superhero misfits. Their superhuman abilities are much less glamorous in comparison to other folks like Superman or Wonder Woman, which makes it all the more entertaining. The sometimes-quirky interactions between the flawed (and occasionally pathetic) brood are also amusing.

It's a little hard to situate this rendition of the comic within the Titans timeline, and the similarities between Marvel’s X-Men and Doom Patrol are obvious. But like the Marvel franchise, the story is a fable about people having to live with, and attempting to overcome, social rejection because they're different. As a result, it’s a show with a lot of heart. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes superhero stories appealing to audiences? Is it the flawed hero? The attempt to fight good versus evil? 

  • What is it about the members of Doom Patrol that sets them apart from other superheroes? Does this make them any less heroic?

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