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 Stargirl is a fun series about a young superhero from the DC Comics universe (Brec Bassinger). It has lots of both teen drama and fantasy violence -- including car crashes, explosions, and people being thrown across rooms, stabbed, and more (bloody wounds are visible). Language can also be strong, with words like "ass," "hell," "bitch," and "crap." A young woman is called a "slut" by school bullies. Boyfriends and dating are mentioned. Adults drink alcohol on occasion. A vintage Cadillac is featured throughout the series, and logos for products like Smart Water and Ocean Spray are displayed prominently. The show offers positive gender representation and has themes of courage, curiosity, perseverance, and teamwork.
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What's the story?
From the co-creator of The Flash, Batwoman, and Arrow, comes STARGIRL, a story about a young woman who discovers her true legacy as a superhero. Ten years ago the Golden Age of Heroes ended after members of the Justice Society were murdered, including Starman (Joel McHale) the holder of the Cosmic Staff. Today, young high school gymnast Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) finds herself moving to Nebraska from California with her mom Barbara (Amy Smart), step-dad Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson), and new stepbrother Mike (Trae Romano). But after coming across some of Pat's things in the basement, she discovers that her stepfather is not who he seems to be. She also realizes that her place in the world is defined by a birthright that she knew nothing about. Now it’s up to Courtney to ensure the survival of The Justice Society, and protect the world from its enemies, including Icicle (Neil Jackson) and Brain Wave (Christopher James Baker). But she and Pat have to keep her identity a secret, which makes it harder to deal with school bullies like Henry King Jr. (Jake Austin Walker) and Cindy Burman (Meg DeLacy). Luckily, she’s got friends like Yolanda Montez (Yvette Monreal), Beth Chapel (Anjelika Washington), and Rick Tyler (Cameron Gellman) to help her deal with them.
Is it any good?
This fun series, based on a newer DC character, offers all the expected comic-style heroics plus a healthy dose of teen angst. Courtney Whitmore is young, energetic, and doesn’t always listen, but she also doesn’t shy away from standing up for what she believes is right. Her new role as a superhero gives her a larger sense of purpose, but it’s the relationship with her stepfather that makes her journey all the more interesting. The tension created by some of the villains’ high school-aged progeny also adds to the fray. Overall, Stargirl tells a fresh, fun story, and is an entertaining addition to the DC Comics TV universe.
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- Premiere date: May 19, 2020
- Cast: Brec Bassinger, Luke Wilson, Amy Smart
- Network: CW
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models, Misfits and Underdogs
- Character strengths: Courage, Curiosity, Perseverance, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-14
- Available on: Streaming
- Last updated: January 29, 2021
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