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Super Friends

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Classic superhero cartoon still saves the day.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Heroes problem-solve and work together to save the world from evil. The few female characters are equally powerful to the men.

Violence & scariness

Cartoon violence involving laser-beam punches, explosions, and kidnapping.

Sexy stuff

Skimpy/tight outfits on some female characters.

Language

No swearing, but some strongish language: "Terminate them!" and "destroy them!"

Consumerism

Lots of associated products on the market, but nothing in the show per se.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this classic series evolved from an almost-gentle cartoon to something much darker by the end of its run. The later incarnations kept the campy feel and quaint language of the early days, but the tone got a lot more ominous with the addition of the Legion of Doom, a cast of evil creatures bent on destroying the superheroes. Still, this show is tame by current standards and wins points for its focus on loyalty and solving problems.

What's the story?

In the classic '70s and '80s Saturday morning cartoon SUPER FRIENDS, the Justice League heroes band together to save the world -- and themselves -- from evil. The Super Friends are, of course: Superman (voiced by Danny Dark), Batman (Olan Sule), Robin (Casey Kasem), Wonder Woman (Shannon Farnon), Aquaman (Norman Alden), and a slew of other heroes who come and go. In the original Super Friends (1973) and The All-New Super Friends Hour (1977-'78), produced by Hanna-Barbera and based on the DC Comics characters, the show is nonviolent and campy, although battles became more graphic in later episodes.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

In its long life on the air, Super Friends underwent several transformations. The early episodes barely resemble the later ones, and parents of younger kids should keep this in mind. In the late '70s, when the show morphed into Challenge of the SuperFriends, the mood shifted to something quite menacing. Visual and sound effects were intensified, and the Legion of Doom was introduced. These 13 villains, including Lex Luthor and The Riddler, were truly sinister and were constantly in battle with the heroes. Battle scenes took precedence, although the violence was other-worldly and limited to laser-beam punches, explosions, and kidnappings.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the nature of teamwork. What makes each hero unique, and how does that help the group? How do the characters work together to combat evil? How can you tell who the bad guys are? Is it as easy to tell who's good and who's bad in the real world? Why or why not? Parents who watched the show themselves as kids can talk about what they remember about the show and how cartoons have changed over time.

TV details

Cast:Casey Kasem, Danny Dark, Olan Sule
Network:Boomerang
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD

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Parent Written bystocktiki June 22, 2012

A classic! great for young superfans!

A classic that's good for kids that like Batman and Wonder Woman, but aren't ready for scarier versions just yet.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 2 and 4 year old Written bycford001 August 16, 2010

super

The first season has a very good environmental message. It also focus on team work and conservation.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Kid, 5 years old April 17, 2010

violent

It is a little violent and a bit scary. Compared to Star Wars it is a little less scary. It is cool. People who like Star Wars will like the Super Friends. I am almost 6 and I recommend this for kids 5 3/4 +.
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Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models

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