A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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?
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