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 this reality series focuses on real people with seemingly superhuman capabilities -- including super-strength, radar-like hearing, and the ability to withstand potentially deadly bursts of electricity. There’s not too much in the show's content to alarm parents, but it's definitely worth noting that some of the tests that show off the featured folks' talents could be dangerous if young viewers tried to follow suit.
What's the story?
The people in STAN LEE’S SUPERHUMANS may not have actual superpowers, but they sure come close. Host Daniel Browning Smith -- who claims the title of the world’s most flexible man (certified as a Guinness World Record) -- scours the globe for people with truly amazing powers. Witness Electro Man, for example, who can withstand a jolt of electricity that would kill lesser people. Or Radar, a blind man who can visualize the world with his incredible sense of hearing. Or the man with superstrength -- or many other real people with incredible talents.
Is it any good?
Smith is both likable and impressive, able to twist his body into nearly any position. That makes him an enjoyable travel companion for this journey to the edge of human abilities. The people he meets truly impressive -- seemingly average folks who harbor a special secret. It’s sometimes not clear how they developed these skills, and the show doesn’t always explain it (of course, the origins of many comic heroes are shrouded in mystery, too), but they're fascinating to watch.
Comic legend Stan Lee also appears from time to time, and for a man who gave the world some of its most enduring superheroes, he’s duly impressed with these real-life talents. Younger comic fans will no doubt be amazed to see superpowers make the leap from the page to the real world.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about superpowers. Do you think the abilities showcased here are something that other people could develop, or are they truly superhuman gifts? What could cause such abilities to develop?
Do you believe the world would be better off if there were real superheroes who could enforce law and order?
Do you consider the people featured here role models? Do you think they see themselves that way?