Static Shock

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Tween-friendly 'toon brings diversity to superhero league.

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Positive Messages

Violence is the most common means of conflict resolution, though Virgil relies on his inventive best friend to help him craft his plans against the supervillains. He's also good at standing strong against peer pressure. As an African-American superhero, Virgil serves as a role model to kids who aren't typically represented in superhero cartoons.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon violence includes explosions, long falls, electric shocks, and physical exchanges (punching, kicking, and use of everyday objects as weapons), none of which has realistic consequences.

Sexy Stuff

No cursing, but occasional name-calling like “geek.”

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this cartoon series centers on a superhero who can control and project electricity as a weapon, so there's plenty of animated action violence (explosions, electric shock, etc.) with few consequences. That said, as superhero stories go, this one boasts encouraging diversity and surprising depth of character in Virgil, an African-American teen-turned-hero who follows his heart -- rather than the pressure of his gang of buddies -- to use his newfound powers for good.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byMusiclovergig November 23, 2020


An actual good superhero show.
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 February 16, 2011

Very good superhero show

This show is fun and enjoyable. Like most of the DC animated universe series, Static Shock is well-paced, cleverly written, and overall just entertaining. And,... Continue reading

What's the story?

Virgil Hawkins' (voiced by Phil LaMarr) life changes forever after an explosion at a chemical plant gives him the ability to project and control electricity. He creates a superhero alter ego named Static and joins his crafty friend Richie (Jason Marsden) -- who later assumes his own powers and becomes a hero named Gear -- to wage war on other mutant citizens who are using their powers for their own gain against humanity.

Is it any good?

Based on a comic by Milestone Media, STATIC SHOCK was the brainchild of a group of writers and artists looking to give the legion of superheroes some diversity. Virgil, an African-American, is a relatable character for many tweens; he's had his share of troubles and has dabbled in some questionable behavior; in fact, his involvement with a gang is what led to his exposure to the mutated elements in the first place. Fortunately, when crunch time came, Virgil went against the temptation to capitalize on his powers and instead chose to use them for good.

It might be tough to convince your tweens that Static is in league with flashier -- and more heavily marketed -- heroes like Superman and Batman, but he is, in fact, a card-carrying member of the DC Animated Universe (a few episodes even feature guest appearances by cast members from other DC shows). But this "average Joe" is worth tweens' time -- hopefully they'll notice that, even with his powers, Static rarely jumps into the fray without the advice of his inventive best friend, who uses his science smarts to help plan Static's moves.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of the violence in this show. Is it more or less than that of real-life explosions, battles, etc? Why? Families can also discuss being a good citizen. Do you think Static’s efforts are always good for his community? Do any of his actions have a negative effect on people? How do everyday heroes like police officers and firefighters help their communities? How can common citizens do the same? What volunteer opportunities exist where you live?

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