Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

TV review by
Larisa Wiseman, Common Sense Media
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Classic superhero cartoon consistently entertains.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

Teamwork is encouraged. Hereos fight crime. Some outdated gender roles.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The superheroes ultimate purpose is to help ordinary citizens and keep them safe from harm.

Violence & Scariness

Mild action hero violence -- fist fights, using special powers to temporarily disable opponents.

Sexy Stuff

Female characters usually wear sexy or revealing outfits. There is some mild sexual innuendo and references to characters as attractive. Some flirting and coy behavior.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends is a decent, entertaining, and fairly wholesome series featuring the adventures of three Marvel Comics superheroes. Although each episode features at least one battle between superheroes and villains, the violence is mild and not likely to disturb kids, as it usually involves people being temporarily disabled rather than killed.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bycolusajones December 10, 2014

Retro sexist

I'm surprised by the mostly positive reviews. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to see how badly this show portrays women. They are regularly wh... Continue reading
Adult Written bysoulmaman October 26, 2012

Be aware: Throwback to 80s gender stereotypes

While I agree with the main review (and other reviewers) that the show is rather harmless in terms of violence or violent messages, I do find there is a certain... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDCsucks-27 May 22, 2021
Kid, 12 years old July 11, 2019

Old, but good enough for 5-10 years old

It may seem old, and the animation may be outdated, but it will still be fun for kids.

What's the story?

The classic early-1980s superhero cartoon SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS features the famous web-slinger teamed up with his super-powered pals Iceman and Firestar. Together, the trio keeps New York City -- and the rest of the world -- safe by battling a variety of bad guys, from mutants to "normal" villains. In their everyday, non-superhero lives, Peter Parker (voiced by Dan Gilvezan), Bobby Drake (Frank Welker), and Angelica Jones (Kathy Garver) -- Spider-Man, Iceman, and Firestar, respectively -- are students at New York's Empire State University, living together in one house with Peter's Uncle Ben and Aunt May. After teaming up to foil one of The Beetle's evil plans, the three decide to make their do-gooder partnership permanent. In addition to The Beetle, some of the well-known villains Spidey and his friends face off against include Dr. Octopus, The Green Goblin, Scorpion, The Chameleon, and Mysterio; they also fight Marvel universe baddies such as Magneto, Dr. Doom, and The Red Skull, as well as a set of brand-new villains created just for the series. The friends also occasionally join forces with other Marvel superheroes, including Sunfire, Captain America, and The Hulk.

Is it any good?

For any tweens out there who are fans of comic book superheroes and don't mind the flat, old-fashioned look of traditional animation, this cartoon won't disappoint. The series, even through its many incarnations, has always had an excellent balance of action, humor, and suspense, with the occasional touch of romance. Even though the show has that slight whiff of 1980s cheesiness at times, at least you won't find any intolerably goofy or superficial characters here, as you would in modern superhero cartoons like Kappa Mikey and Martin Mystery.

Better yet, you get fabulous, cheer-worthy superhero action with no visible bloodshed and little or no gunplay -- which usually can't be said of today's interpretations of Marvel Comics serials. Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends takes you back to the (admittedly a bit black-and-white) days when the baddies were portrayed as super-bad and the good were super-good, the good set an admirable example, and you truly believed they were invincible.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the theme of each episode of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and the responsibility of having a special power. Who was the villain in this episode? What was the evil plan, and how did the villain intend to carry it out? How did Spider-Man and his friends foil the plan? If you had a special power, what would it be? How would you use it to help people?

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