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Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Campy '90s tale still delights, but expect some violence.

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A fan favorite whose abrupt cancelation after four seasons rankled many viewers left pondering a plot cliffhanger, Lois & Clark continues to entertain nearly 20 years later. Casting is one of the show's biggest selling points, starting with Cain and Hatcher as the iconic couple, and rounded out by Shea as the delightfully two-faced Luthor and a procession of talented supporting and guest cast members throughout its run. True, the show lost some of its zest toward the end and fell victim to some pretty corny storylines (all of which will seem cornier now that passing years have lessened the impact of its special effects), but that's part of what makes this series an enjoyable blend of humor, drama, and romance.

If you're brand new to the show, its campiness may make the biggest impression on you, but overlook that and you'll have a lot of fun with the story, the characters, and the great writing. By today's standards, this series' content is notably mild, with little more than the occasional swear word, a shirtless Cain (but who's complaining?), and implications of sexuality. Violence is a concern, though even it comes off as hokey thanks to dated special effects, so you're best to reserve this one for your older tweens and teens.

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