Parents' Guide to

Spider-Man Unlimited

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Spider-Man battles racism; better for older kids.

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

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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Realistic Review

This show was simply ahead of its time. The official review sees the racial purity/eugenics as a negative thing; did they miss the message of this? Did the writer of this review never take a history, philosophy, ethics etc... class? A variant of George Santayana, "Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it," must have flew right over his/her head. In my opinion the inclusion of this topic is a positive; because why would it be a negative to expose how many people used to, and some people now think/act regarding ethnic cleansing? The earlier children are exposed to this type of topic the better, at least when it's coming from a ethical point of view, especially when it is from a cartoon superhero (also a role model at this age for kids) is condemning the actions of ethnic cleansing/eugenics. Anyways, this is a show your children will enjoy and you won't have to worry about graphic violence. It is fast-paced, a very complex message made very simple, that will keep them very entertained.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Shifting the action to a new supernatural locale in this spidey series gives the writers the freedom to tinker with the hero's well-known storyline and develop a show aimed at older kids. Counter-Earth, according to lore, is just like our own planet, but opposite -- a mysterious celestial body where anything can happen. With its focus on racial purity, ethnic cleansing, and totalitarianism, Spider-Man Unlimited is more complex than the average kids' superhero series.

It's also a bit more violent than other shows. Spidey and his revolutionary pals clash frequently with the High Evolutionary's henchmen and robot armies, and the tone and content of these fight scenes can be more complex than the standard rock-'em-sock-'em battles. Expect fewer quips and more actual anger. Some civilians even get caught up in the action, becoming collateral damage as Spider-Man fights to protect humanity. Bottom line? It's edgy, but this is the kind of cartoon that die-hard fans of the comic books will be able to appreciate.

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