Parents' Guide to

Hero Elementary

By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Helpful friends use skills and science to solve problems.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 4+

Great little show

My four year old loves this show. He’s really into superheroes and it was hard (impossible?) to find anything age appropriate in the genre until we stumbled on this. The storylines are educational and not at all scary. Instead of eliminating bad guys, these super heroes in training work together as a team to solve problems and help their community. The cast is diverse and unlike some shows with diverse characters no one character seems to dominate. Teamwork, curiosity and problem solving are front and center in every episode. I highly recommend this show.
age 2+

Safe for Kids

The characters don't swear and aren't mean to each other. They are nice and kind. Hero Elementary is a show I feel safe showing my daughter. Nice for PBS to do something appropriate for a change.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Applied science is the fifth hero in this all-around winner of a series that is packed with positive content for kids. Sure, superpowers are fun (especially Benny's ability to conjure bubbles at will!), but it's the team's measured use of observation, making and testing theories, and always, always asking questions that usually makes the difference in their success. Along the way, kids learn about concepts like classification and momentum as they relate to what's going on in the story and at a teaching level that's just right for them.

Hero Elementary also stands out for its outstanding inclusiveness, both with regard to the cultural diversity that's present among the heroes and within their community, and to its putting an autistic character in the mix making his differences the story itself. The fact that AJ is on the spectrum isn't a major or disruptive factor to the show; rather it's presented as just part of the characters' reality and an issue that needs some extra understanding on his friends' part now and again. For families, though, it can start a dialogue about respect and non-bias as these matters relate to kids' experiences with their own peer groups.

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