Spider-Man: The New Animated Series

TV review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Spidey grows up in 'toon best for older kids+.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Courage and integrity ultimately win out over evil. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Peter Parker is a good guy with good values. As Spider-Man, he always fights on the side of good. Meanwhile, villains are mean, violent, insulting, and criminal -- clearly "bad" guys.

Violence

Lots of tense violence and big, exaggerated weapons, bombs, and explosions. But there's no blood, and no one ever seems significantly hurt.

Sex

Exaggerated female figures, exposed flesh, sexy flirtation, guys checking out women, mild sexual innuendo, occasional kissing, an apparent co-ed sleepover.

Language

Peter Parker says "holy crap!" in at least one episode.

Consumerism

There's lots of Spidey merchandise out there for young fans.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

College-age characters sometimes go out for cocktails.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man) is college-aged in Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, a spinoff of the hit big-screen movie. He dates, kisses, and even allows a woman to sleep over at his apartment (speaking of which, most of the female characters have exaggerated figures, often with exposed flesh or generous bosoms). Spidey's battle against evil results in lots of cartoon violence, including villains wielding gigantic guns and regular near-death experiences, though all of the scenes are bloodless. Some scenes show Peter and his friends drinking cocktails.

User Reviews

Parent of a 7 and 9 year old Written byPapa_Reviews February 12, 2010

Teenagers yes, youngsters no

This is a show for older kids. I wouldn't let younger ones watch it. Some mild language and implied sexual activity.
Parent of a 6 year old Written bytrinitydawn22 August 13, 2012

Not for children

It's pretty violent. The episode I watched a teacher was electrocuted to death by the electric bad guy. They used the B word and A word, and also had sexua... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byTomreviews16 April 17, 2016

Well it's okay

In this flick spidey takes a turn for the worse. There is quite a bit of violence ranging from gun violence and electrocutions down to a simple fist fight. The... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bySpectacular2017 August 21, 2017

An action packed series that is aimed at tweens and teens

Spider-Man: The New Animated Series is a more mature take on the wall crawling web-swinger that we all know and love. The series focuses on Peter's college... Continue reading

What's the story?

Peter Parker (voiced by Neil Patrick Harris) moves into the digital age in SPIDER-MAN: THE NEW ANIMATED SERIES. Instead of taking photos for a newspaper, he shoots video for a TV station. And instead of being carefully drawn in pen and ink, he and his friends are brightly (if flatly) rendered in CGI. But Peter hasn't changed too much. He still pines for Mary Jane (Lisa Loeb), and, though he's a bit hipper than in the old days, he still has his shy, self-deprecating appeal. Here, Peter is both attending college and fighting for those in need as his superhero alter ego. He manages to get into all sorts of dangerous predicaments, but he uses his Spidey-sense to stay ahead of his enemies. Whether investigating an apparent attack on the city's mayor by sexy villain Silver Sable or a kidnapping by a group of high-tech terrorists, Spider-Man always manages to win his battles.

Is it any good?

The show's half-hour episodes don't delve too deeply into Peter's darker side, and most references to his family and his past are left out. What's left is a flashy superhero cartoon interested mostly in terrific battles and unrequited love.

Fighting evil makes for some tense situations, and Spider-Man: The New Animated Series is packed with last-minute saves and death-defying leaps. These, mixed with sexy villains with big guns, make the show a better pick for older tweens. Plus, Peter isn't in high school anymore, so kissing and even co-ed sleepovers happen every once in a while. His best friend Harry (Ian Ziering) tosses out the occasional sexual innuendo, and Mary Jane has developed into a quite a flirt.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence. What kind of violence is featured in Spider-Man: The New Animated Series? What would the effects of that kind of violence be if it weren't a cartoon? Kids: Does watching fighting in a cartoon ever make you feel more energetic or hyper? What do you think that means?

  • Families can also compare the show to the Tobey Maguire movies. Which do you like better? Why?

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