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 Mighty Med puts a hilarious new spin on the concept of superheroes that kids of various ages will enjoy. Set in a medical facility for heroes on the mend, the show features comic book-style injuries like electric shock and the occasional stop sign run through an abdomen, but there's no blood and barely any distress on the part of the victims. Fights are much the same; look closely and you'll notice that the punches and kicks rarely hit their marks, and the players typically walk away virtually unruffled. Even better, there's a forceful theme about friendship as an essential part of any team endeavor, and the two main characters' differences prove to be their strengths in most cases.
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What's the story?
Kaz (Bradley Steven Perry) and Oliver (Jake Short) are longtime best friends who share a passion for comic books and the adventures of their heroes, but they never guessed they'd get to experience the action firsthand one day. When a fateful accident at their favorite comic book store lands them in the middle of a hospital for supers, fantasy suddenly becomes unbelievable reality. As if that's not enough, their quick thinking saves one hero's life and makes them the heroes when they're mistaken for doctors by Chief of Staff Horace (Carlos Lacamara), who offers them afterschool jobs even though they're "Normos," or non-supers. Skylar Storm (Paris Berelc) is hoping the guys can figure out how to restore her lost powers, but Horace's nuisance of a nephew, Alan (Devan Leos), will stop at nothing to send the guys packing from the superhero world once and for all.
Is it any good?
MIGHTY MED has a lot to offer kids: action, adventure, and a standout example of friendship between Kaz and Oliver. The two couldn’t be less alike, but Oliver's stoic deliberateness is the perfect complement to Kaz's fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants approach to every situation, and when one runs into (or causes) trouble, the other is there to pick up the pieces. Even in its sanitized sitcom state, their relationship reminds kids that even imperfect parts can join to form a very strong whole.
But as great as that is, it's not what will attract kids to Mighty Med. Quirky superheroes, hilarious mishaps, and an emergency room filled with medical equipment like a "web untanglizer" and a "molecular devaporizer" promise plenty of laughs, all of them well deserved for a creative new spin in the oft-traveled superhero genre. It also doesn’t hurt that the two stars are recognizable faces from previous Disney shows (Good Luck Charlie for Perry; A.N.T. Farm for Short), promising a pool of existent fans.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes a strong relationship. How important is communication among friends or family members? Do Kaz and Oliver make this a priority? What happens when two people avoid discussing what's bothering them? What are some important skills for constructive communication?
Superpowers are a recurring topic in this show. Are Kaz and Oliver any less "super" because they don't have special powers? What talents do they put to use instead? Kids: What are some of your special talents, and how do you use them?
Kids: Did you recognize this show's stars before you tuned in? If so, did knowing of them make you want to see the show even more? In what ways are our likes and dislikes influenced by what we see on TV shows? On commercials? Is it possible to avoid this kind of advertising?
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