Green Lantern: The Animated Series



Sharp take on comics hero has fighting, angry bad guys.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The heroes and villains are sharply defined, with the heroes especially representing iconic ideals of sacrificing to help others. The show's power rings are fueled by willpower, which teaches kids a lesson about being confident and confronting fear.

Positive messages

The show's heroes demonstrate a very strong positive message about working together and helping others. Other messages include confidence and confronting fear.

Positive role models

While the lead heroes are, for the most, part positive role models, the Green Lantern himself has a strong anti-authority streak (albeit always in the service of what he believes is the best way to help others).

Violence & scariness

The main villains seem to be driven by rage, with frequent discussion of death and destruction. One hero dies as a sacrifice to save the lives of his planet. Violence is common superheroics fisticuffs, with an imaginative spin thanks to the thought-powered lantern rings.

Sexy stuff

The will-they, won't-they relationship between the main male and female characters is an ongoing subplot of the series, although the on-screen action rarely goes beyond a near kiss or date.




Like all TV shows and movies based on the DC Comics superheroes, Green Latern has plenty of product tie-ins available (though fewer than characters like Superman, Batman, and Spider-man).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated adventure series is carved from the traditional superheroic mold, with plenty of imaginative storytelling and swashbuckling fisticuffs. The series' villains -- a rage-fueled group bent on vengeance, death, and destruction -- are slightly darker than typical criminals. But there are strong positive messages about helping others and working together. The heroes use green power rings that can summon any object they can imagine, leading to some creative moments that encourage imagination play -- though they're also put to use in battle situations.

What's the story?

Based on the DC Comics superhero, GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES follows Hal Jordan (voiced by Josh Keaton), test pilot for Ferris Air who's also secretly the Green Lantern, part of an intergalactic corps of peacekeepers dedicated to patroling the universe and helping those in need. Green Lantern frequently runs afoul of his fellow officers because of his cocksure attitude and tendency to disobey rules, but he proves himself time and again with his bravery against the forces of evil.

Is it any good?


Kids who love superheroes don't realize how good they have it today. Ten years before this series started airing, the idea of a Green Lantern cartoon would have never made it far past the drawing board. Today, the hero lives onscreen in his full glory, thanks to the exceptional talents behind such other classic series as Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited, especially executive producer Bruce Timm.

Like those series, Green Lantern takes a brilliant high concept that's been bogged down by decades of comic book stories and clears away everything but the essential elements. The animation takes a similarly clean approach; it's computer-generated, but the characters are depicted as simple and iconic. In a sense, the look and feel is similar to Cartoon Network's Clone Wars animated series, which eschews "reality" in favor of a more stylized depiction. For kids of a certain age, Green Lantern offers just the right mix of action and imagination to get them taping paper around their fingers to run around the backyard as their favorite superhero.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the show's bad guys and their attitudes toward violence. Are they scary? How do they compare to other villains in superhero shows/movies?

  • How does this show compare to other Green Lantern shows and movies you've seen? Which do you like best?

  • If you could create something with a Lantern ring, what would it be? What would you do with it?

TV details

Cast:Jennifer Hale, Josh Keaton, Tom Kenny
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-PG

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Parent Written bySpideygirl March 31, 2013

Quite sexualised content

I was pretty shocked by the quite sexy content in this show. The female characters are cgi'd (very poor cgi might add) with huge breasts and hardly any clothes, almost all their outfits are provocatively cut in a very sexy style (Not just the usual "super hero" tight suits of leotards, I wouldn't mind that!). Added to that, most of them often behave in a very flirtatious and suggestive fashion. The way they stand and pose and flirt wiith other characters, passing drinks suggestively to Green Lantern for example etc. It's quite adult content in theme and dialogue. Not sure its the best thing 8 year old boys could be watching. I just wish they would stop making cartoons to please adult fans expectations! Adults can go to the movies and watch adult versions of their superheroes ! Please keep TV cartoons suitable for a wide children's audience. Why should parents have to vet and monitor everything their kids watch on "suppposed" kids TV. I think Cartoon network is just being made by and for 40 year old comic book fans these days, It gets to the point where your older children can't freely watch their shows in front of their younger siblings and its a kind of TV segregation going on in every household. Very Sad.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byTotally500 May 10, 2012

green lantern animated series is awesome

this is a great show and i love razer one of the characters thats all i can say
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Parent of a 5 year old Written bybrianna moriarty April 18, 2014

Blatant sexuality

My son found this show on netflix and really enjoyed it. However, about three episodes in I realized that women were mainly being used as sex symbols. Seriously, I watched two episodes myself and in both the women were being used to seduce the green lanterns! Also, whether the women are trying to seduce the men for evil purposes or not, they are dressed very provocatively. I would not expect to see an intergalactic leader wearing the same outfit as a professional dancer, if you know what I mean. I think this is more age appropriate for ten or even twelve-year-olds. I would not let my eight-year-old watch this. This way this show presents women does not align with our family values.
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Too much sex


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