Green Lantern: The Animated Series

TV review by
Matt Springer, Common Sense Media
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Sharp take on comics hero has fighting, angry bad guys.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

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

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 & Representations

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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. Seriousl... Continue reading
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 clo... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLIGMAballs69 August 17, 2019

One of the shows of all time

An amazing series that will hook you in but the ending still stings
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'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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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