A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
We all have superpowers -- our gifts and talents -- even if they aren't magic. Team work makes the dream work. As they say in the special: "Take a moment. Take a breath. Make a plan, and try your best!"
Positive Role Models
The show depicts a powerful girl protagonist who leads her team to save the day.
StarBeam is a girl superhero. She appears to be raised by a single mother who is a superhero also.
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Violence & Scariness
There are instances where members of the Beam Team are captured and roughed up. The final scene includes characters getting tossed around, being tossed around in a tornado, and smashing into buildings.
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Mild language includes some nonsensical name calling, including "You confetti-brained ding dongs!"
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that StarBeam: Beaming in the New Year is a holiday special based on the animated series StarBeam. The protagonist is a spunky young girl named Zoey who doubles as StarBeam, the superhero of the city of Somerset. This time, she is saving the city from villains with bad intentions of ruining New Year's Eve. This holiday special is geared toward the regular StarBeam audience; however there are some scenes that may be scary or suspenseful for young or sensitive viewers.
Is It Any Good?
This special feels more like an extended episode of StarBeam than an official celebration of an holiday, but it's fun enough for fans. Despite the first scene and a few references to New Year's resolutions, there's not much that will give viewers the warm and fuzzy feelings of the holidays.
However, Starbeam fans will love seeing familiar characters return and will enjoy meeting new ones, like cool Cousin Zara who rocks out on her guitar. The bright colors and gender neutral palette that are typical of the StarBeam series make the show engaging and relatable for little eyes to watch. Plus, superheroes are all the rage for the target audience. Positive messages about teamwork and super powers will give families topics to discuss, and the depiction of a young girl protagonist is beneficial for all.
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