Static Shock

Common Sense Media says

Tween-friendly 'toon brings diversity to superhero league.

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Language

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

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Danica McKellar, Jason Marsden, Phil LaMarr
Network:Disney XD
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures
TV rating:TV-Y7-FV
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 February 16, 2011
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7
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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, unlike most superhero shows, this one stars an African-American superhero. The violence is the sort of typical stuff you'll see in other shows--some hand-to-hand combat, superheroes/villains using their powers to fight, some explosions, etc. Sex is just some budding romance; Virgil has a crush on a girl named Daisy in his class, but I don't think they ever get together or kiss or anything.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old September 21, 2010
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

Fine for 9+

This was one of my many childhood shows I used to watch with my brother. I love it... except the slang could be used a little less! =)
Kid, 8 years old October 18, 2010
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

Static Shock

Watched 5 Mins.Very Good.It Has No Big Action Scenes.But This Show Is Kinda Coping Of Avengeres.But Other Than That Worth To Watch.

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