Henry Danger

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Cheesy, formulaic superhero comedy offers little substance.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 52 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 67 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.  

Positive Messages

Kids see a tween live out his dream as a superhero sidekick. On the upside, he works hard to learn the ropes, takes his job seriously, toughs out the many challenges it brings, and fights evil in his town. On the downside, it's wholly unrealistic, particularly when it comes to his family and friends' convenient oblivion to his new identity. The show also takes subtle jabs at superhero stereotypes through Captain Man, sometimes implying that they're slightly dim and unaware of obvious solutions to problems.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Captain Man takes Henry under his wing to teach him the trade, but he's also protective of him. Henry's parents are out of touch with their son and oblivious to the details of his new job, which, of course, is part of the show's shtick. 

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon-style violence comes across as more comical than serious, but it does involve laser guns, some punching and kicking, and a few creepy monsters. The fact that Captain Man only registers pain instantaneously invites a lot of instances where characters test out his threshold by hitting him with bats and other objects, but he's never the worse for wear. 

Sexy Stuff

The occasional reference to boobs.

Language

No cursing, but you'll hear "dang it" and "I hate you." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Henry Danger is a sitcom about a teen who lands a job as a superhero's sidekick. Exchanges with villains are designed to be funny rather than intimidating, but still there are some verbal threats and staged fighting, including the occasional use of laser guns. Captain Man is a frequent punching bag, even for his friends, since part of his power protects him from lasting pain. A supporting character's whininess and demanding nature wears on those around her (but not to the point of making her stop), and Henry's parents are impossibly oblivious to the nature of his new job. The bottom line? This show is pure fantasy, very predictable, and over-the-top cheesy, but it will entertain younger kids. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4 year old Written byheyria July 13, 2015

Teaching Kids the Wrong Things

I just watched one episode that had the superhero meet up with an acquaintance who was made invisible by an encounter with the superhero. My focus however was d... Continue reading
Adult Written byEaston mom September 28, 2015

Piper hart is terrible role model

Kid Danger's sister, Piper Hart, is quite possibly the worst little sister on TV. I am shocked at how mean she is to her brother and a bully to other kids.... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 22, 2014

YASS BOO WATCH IT!!!

OMG, where do I even begin? This show is bae! Like, it may be corny and have a few rude jokes in it, but to be honest, it's kinda expected in a Nickelodeon... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 5, 2015

Waste of time and innapropriate

This show is disappointing, a waste of my time, and annoying. Also, the kids are always making out and Captain Man was also making out, and I thought I heard th... Continue reading

What's the story?

HENRY DANGER tells the story of 13-year-old Henry Hart (Jace Norman), who answers an ad for a part-time job and lands the gig of a lifetime as sidekick to his town's resident superhero, Captain Man (Cooper Barnes). Suddenly he finds himself in the middle of the action as Captain Man faces off with a rotating cast of villains who plague Swellview, and his quick thinking proves a powerful weapon against their nemeses. But the job comes with some strings, including safeguarding his new identity as Kid Danger from his family and his best friends, Jasper (Sean Ryan Fox) and Charlotte (Riele Downs). 

Is it any good?

Henry Danger has a few things going for it, but its biggest hope for success hinges on the fact that its target audience is young enough to overlook the many things that weigh it down. It's colorful, comical, and entirely nonsensical, which makes it a mildly entertaining (if mindless) way for a kid to while away time. But it's also immensely absurd, playing up less likable features such as parents who are so out of touch with Henry that they miss obvious signs of his antics, as well as the mercifully sporadic presence of his younger sister, who steals scenes by being whiny and demanding.   

Ironically, older viewers may like the show's tongue-in-cheek play on superhero tropes in Captain Man's character, but that's small consolation for the rest of what's there. Sadly, the overall content is mundane, the characters cheesy, and the plot predictable, so many kids probably won't stick around for the ending.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about superhero stories. Kids: What makes them a popular genre? Is it fun to imagine a world with an element of the supernatural in it? How would having a superhero around change your life?  

  • How do superheroes differ from real-life heroes? Who are some of your kids' role models? Why is it important to have role models? Are any of the characters here decent models? 

  • Does this series set out to teach you anything? Should movies or TV shows strive to do so? What rules does your family have about screen time? What is the purpose of rules like these?

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