A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show is meant to entertain, but there are some good messages about heroism and fighting for a good cause.
Kids see a power struggle in which good and evil are well defined, and the heroes' actions are always upstanding and just. Teamwork is a recurring theme, and the characters take pride in fighting the good fight for their community. Violence is usually a means to an end. Prince Adam is forced to keep his alter ego a secret from his friends and family, but it's for good reason.
Positive Role Models
Bad guys will always be bad guys, and they lie, cheat, and trick their way to power. But on the Masters side, there's a lot to like in team members who put others' needs before their own and show courage and perseverance in the face of danger. He-Man, in particular, lives by a strong moral code that leads him to embrace his destiny and fight for justice.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of lengthy clashes between the two sides, with some weapons and a lot of impact. Most of the characters have unique powers they bring to the battlefield, from super strength to sorcery to appendages that can transform into weapons. There's some brief peril during which the fate of certain characters is uncertain, but everyone usually escapes the mayhem unscathed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nothing sexual, but the female warriors wear some skimpy, clingy outfits that show off their curves, and He-Man's physique is exaggerated.
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Products & Purchases
He-Man and his costars were familiar faces on products during the show's original run.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002) is an Emmy Award-winning reboot of the classic early-'80s series with modern (for the times) animation, but much the same story as the original. Battle scenes are flashy and drawn out, and weapons are used during many of them, but visible injuries are rare and peril is short-lived. Strong messages about friendship, teamwork, and valuing justice are prominent throughout the stories, and the heroes fight for the safety of Eternia's residents rather than for their own glory. With an assortment of interesting characters and plenty of action, this series boasts well-rounded entertainment.
Is It Any Good?
The popularity of the original '80s series inspired multiple reincarnations of He-Man and his brothers (and sister) in arms. For those who have seen the first, this story will sound very familiar, with only minor alterations in some new characters and events. Of course, a more modern animation style lends itself to more exciting battle scenes and less vintage-looking characters, which is a big help in selling it on today's kids.
Happily what hasn't changed in the 20-year lapse between the original series and this one is its focus on strong character and fighting the good fight. Skeletor's motives are always evil and power-hungry, but exactly the opposite is true of the Masters, who fight as a team and never seek out individual glory. Nowhere is this more evident than it is in Adam, who keeps his true identity secret from nearly everyone around him and thus receives no accolades for his bravado as He-Man.
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