A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
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
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The occasional reference to boobs.
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No cursing, but you'll hear "dang it" and "I hate you."
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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.
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.
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