By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fun, heartfelt superhero reboot has language, nudity.
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo, including nudity (bare bottoms, breasts) during occasional sex scenes.
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Curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are frequently used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasionally beer, wine, and pot smoking is visible.
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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.
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The age rating truly depends on your child.
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Hilarious superhero show, NOT for teens
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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?
- Premiere date: February 15, 2019
- Cast: Brendan Fraser, April Bowlby, Diane Guerrero
- Network: Online
- Genre: Action
- Character Strengths: Courage
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: May 27, 2023
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