Parents' Guide to

SheZow

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Cross-gender superhero makes light of sensitive issue.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+

People are calling this anti this or that

The show is about having fun yes their is crossdressing but thats not the samething as what people would call being lgbt. have forgotten that one doesn't have to be gay to crossdress its just acting. yes any male would probably freak out at first by being forced to dress like a girl it would take time for some to get used to it. Their is nothing bad about the show nore is it trying to promote a agenda. Its funny full of detail yet actually isnt just overboard with sillyness the show actually makes sense when watching the story play out it has a good message to many males have forgotten that dressing up like a girl you can learn alot about acting as the opposite gender guy could be considered a role model

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Great messages
Great role models
age 6+

Super-sexist anti-sexism

Who know what the creators of this thing were thinking, other than a way to make a few bucks? The show introduces kids to extreme gender caricatures that wouldn't even occur to most, and then pretends to knock them down while actually reinforcing them. On the positive side: Its gender-bending theme is fascinating to my 6 year who, like many kids her age, are very focused on figuring out the boy-girl thing. It's animation is interesting in its now-familiar retro-50s cartoon style. The gender puns, while tedious to an adult, are clearly amusing to smart kids. BUT: Whatever your religious or political orientation, this show isn't for your kids. It's deeply intellectually and psychologically dishonest.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (6):

What some might call groundbreaking character development in an animated kids' series, others could find laced in ulterior motives -- so it's not surprising that SHEZOW has garnered some criticsm to its take on gender bending. The real question isn't why Guy's alter ego is a girl (though that is a good one) but why the show's creators thought it was necessary to put that spin on his character in a show targeted at elementary school kids. Based on the sheer mundanity of the rest of the content, it's tempting to assume they knew it didn't stand a chance on its own in the saturated superhero market. A boy hero who fights comical foes in his hometown? Easily forgettable. But a cross-gender hero who's simultaneously learning to fight villains and walk in heels? Now that's going to pique some curiosity.

Ultimately SheZow's appeal (or non-appeal) depends on your personal values, so only you can decide whether the way it addresses gender roles will raise questions you want to talk about with your kids. But if this issue doesn't bother you, then know that the show has some funny moments, is short on realistic violence, and features a surprisingly strong relationship between siblings.

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