Stargirl

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Fun DC superhero show has fantasy violence, strong language.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

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Positive Messages

Themes like good versus evil, family, and friendship are explored. Themes include courage, curiosity, perseverance, and teamwork.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Courtney is young and makes mistakes like most teens, but finds her purpose by following Starman's footsteps. Despite pressures from school, she isn't intimidated by, or looking for praise by men. Villains ultimately want to control or destroy the world around them, and Stargirl wants to stop them. 

Violence

Lots of fantasy violence (people flying through the air, explosions, etc.), car crashes, stabbings, and other violent moments. Sometimes bloody (and on rare occasion, fatal) injuries are visible. References to violent video games. 

Sex

Talk about liking boys, boyfriends, and dating. 

Language

Words like "ass," "hell," "bitch," "crap."  One young woman is called a "slut" by school bullies. 

Consumerism

A vintage Cadillac is central to the series. Smartwater, Ocean Spray, and other brands are shown. The Goonies film is visible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adult drinking is occasionally visible. 

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDowntime Dad October 5, 2020

Slow then SUPER POWERED!

This is a fun super hero show with its story steeped in the Golden Age of DC Comics that starts a little slow, but after a few episodes, really takes off!

The... Continue reading
Adult Written byChrisdye8919 June 7, 2020

though excelent its really for tweens

okay as long as your kids are over ten there shouldnt be much of a issue cortney knows her duty and does it though she rarley respects adults and dresses a litt... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 14, 2020

Love this

A fun, interesting, and nerdy show for adults, teens and tweens. I love this- it’s a great choice to watch with your family.

Despite the fact that Courtney d... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 28, 2020

Dark but not gory

This show does take on mature themes like when a kid died in a car accident. However, it doesn’t really show much blood. And I think it’s great how they show ki... Continue reading

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Courtney Whitmore. How does DC’s Stargirl set her apart from other female superheroes like Kate Kane or Kara Danvers? Are there any similarities between them?

  • How do you see Stargirl show character strengths like courage? How does her bravery make her a good role model? 

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