Super 4

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Friendship, action, and fun in vibrant Playmobil series.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Kids see the characters overcome their differences to form a strong and balanced team unified in its efforts to help others. Some stories also see one of the heroes learn a lesson of some kind, such as the danger of judging a person based on his appearance or the importance of trusting your friends, but that's not a strong focus of the show. 

Positive Messages

Friendship and a common goal unite the heroes despite their very different personalities. Courage and determination help them solve problems that seem impossible to solve. Some female characters (including one of the heroes) come off as fairly dim at times. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The heroes stand up to villains at every opportunity, putting themselves in harm's way for others. Despite personality flaws (stubbornness, overconfidence, ego, and so on) that can cause problems at times, their individual and combined positive forces always wins out in the end. Villains seek to topple kingdoms and overtake the world. 

Violence & Scariness

Swordplay, jousting, falls, and bumps, but nothing that lasts. 

Sexy Stuff
Language

"Stupid," name-calling such as "maggot," and "sucks."  

Consumerism

This series joins a franchise of Playmobil merchandise and movies, and play sets inspired by these characters will follow. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Super 4 is an entertaining CGI series that doubles as a lengthy commercial for Playmobil toys and play sets. Action sequences occasionally involve some swordplay and jousting, but no one is wounded, and there's always an air of comedy to the exchanges. The four heroes are very different from one another, but friendship, cooperation, and problem-solving skills make them a unified force against bad guys. Though Ruby the Pirate is a great role model, sometimes fairy Twinkle comes across as flighty and dim, expressing confusion over big words and mismanaging her magic, for example. Because of Playmobil's long history and the show's sly writing, parents who grew up playing with the toys themselves will enjoy this lively, comical series almost as much as their kids will.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byThe flyer June 20, 2015

Cussing...

There is a lot of talk about demons. So far right now, it has only been about 4 months since it has been released, before someone (There future friend) comes ou... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old May 23, 2015

why do people think this is a bad show!?

this show is slightly violent but hardly at all some scary bits such as when sharkbeard pretended to be a ghost and when he rode dinosaurs and pretended to be d... Continue reading

What's the story?

SUPER 4 follows four heroes -- Alex the Knight, Twinkle the Fairy, Ruby the Pirate, and Agent Gene -- as they move among islands in their world, fighting villains and restoring peace to the different populations of residents. Traveling in their adaptable vehicle, the Chameleon, the Super 4 fend off medieval warriors in Kingsland, match wits with geniuses in Technopolis, and battle scallywags on Gunpowder Island, all the while having fun in each other's company.

Is it any good?

Super 4 is a fun-filled action-adventure series inspired by the popular Playmobil toy brand. Vibrant CGI brings to life four delightfully disparate characters in Gene, Ruby, Twinkle, and Alex, who manage to prove time and again that there's great strength in the fact that they're so vastly different from each other. When the villains they face threaten to undo them, these four heroes put their heads together and concoct a plan to save the day, and when that doesn't work (as is typically the case), they go back to the drawing board. Often their failures are the result of one character or another's impulsivity, reminding youngsters of the value of cooperation and trusting your friends.

But Super 4 won't make fans only among its target demographic of kids. Parents who grew up playing with Playmobil toy sets will enjoy the show nearly as much, thanks to witty writing and the sense of nostalgia the cupped-hand characters foster. The show's multiple settings and themed characters make for some fun crossover plots in which pirates encounter dinosaurs and a medieval knight faces off with aliens. Of course, this also will help sell Playmobil merchandise, but as marketing entertainment goes, it's a fun one to watch. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the nature of advertising. Does watching this series make you want to play with toys that look like the characters and sets? To what extent do you think this is an intention of the show? Why is it fun to own clothing and accessories with characters' images on them?

  • What common goal do the Super 4 heroes have? Is it enough to help them overcome what makes them different from each other? Do you find the same to be true in your relationships with your peers? 

  • Kids: If you could add an island or two to the characters' world, what would it be? Who would live there? What kind of villain would exist? Do you enjoy playing make-believe?

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