Parents' Guide to

Super Wings

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Friendly planes' world travels teach kids multiculturalism.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 37 parent reviews

age 2+

Not Deserving of the Hate

I think some parents who are giving this show such bad reviews need a little perspective. There are some exceptions though. If you are a parent and you are just annoyed by the character's inflection and voices, it is what it is. You can't help it if you're annoyed by something. But many of the complaints are unfounded. I've read things like "the planes make it from one end of the world to another too quickly" or "the parents let total strangers watch their children". But those reviews claiming the show is unrealistic never seem to mention the fact that it's about anthropomorphic airplanes. Even my wife said, "why do the kids always hang out with the plane?" To which I replied, "Because it's a giant talking robot?!" It's called suspension of disbelief, a trait that children have in spades, and many adults have all but lost. I can't imagine watching a cartoon about talking robot airplanes and not liking it because "there's no way a prop plane should be able to keep up with a super sonic jet in real life!" Reality check, friend - this isn't real life. I grew up watching a cartoon about mutated turtles who learned martial arts from a rat, and whose best friend was a news anchor. Talk about realistic. The other aspect of the show that I see being attacked is that it's not educational enough. Let's look at this with some perspective. The show is not designed to be educational. TV is not meant to teach children, but it can do a great job at exposing and creating interest and curiosity. I think that's the point. At dinner the other night, my son just turned to me and said "konichiwa". He's 2. He didn't remember what it meant, but it opened an opportunity for us to have a conversation. I can't imagine being able to just talk to my son about Japanese culture without an entry point, and the show provides that. It has been mentioned that the show does employ cultural stereotypes, but I think that's only a problem if it's done poorly or portrays characters in a negative way because of that stereotype. If the show had one culture shown as being lazy and another as being uneducated, that would be a real problem. That's not what it does. I recently watched the episode about a Russian girl practicing for her ballet recital. Yes, it might be a stereotype that ballet is big in Russia. The difference is that the show highlights the girl's interest in ballet, and shows it in a positive light. It values that aspect of the culture, not detracts from it. Not to mention that my 2 year old boy was riveted by the recital. That's a win in my book. Super Wings exposes children to the IDEA that there is a bigger world out there with cultures and interests that are different than your own. He's only really showed interest in 2 other shows; Blippi and Bob the Builder. Blippi tries to be educational and does a good job at times, but so much of the show just involves Blippi playing around and not really doing anything. Bob the Builder has good lessons in it, but I wouldn't say there's really any educational value, unless you're learning about tools. I am an elementary social studies teacher. Do you have any idea how little children know about the rest of the world? This is not an indictment on the educational system. Most world history and geography comes after elementary. But I can't even tell you how many students I've had in 5th grade who think the US is the only country in North America. This show won't change that, not without a little help from parents, which I'm happy to provide for my son. We talk about the cultures that interested him, the landmarks, foods, sports, activities, and so on. We research them online and he loves to see pictures of what those places look like in real life. Did I ever think the two of us would be researching the Belgian town squares by choice? And enjoying it? As a father, who is also a teacher, and a minority in the US, I accept that this show is not perfect or the ideal program for a 2 year old. But it's beneficial, presents other cultures in a positive light, and piques children's interest in other countries. Did I mention that my child LOVES the show? After an episode, he gets his toys and pretends to deliver packages around the house. It's a great show, and I give it all the stars for the opportunities it presents.
age 7+

this show is great! recommended for who is a fan both of robots, gundams and even aviation plane stuff

(spoilers for the entire series + movie ) i had so many high hopes towards to this show but i'm trying to be honest on my review. Though, Super Wings was recommended somewhere during pandemic times and i was curious how did got there. the one episode got me recommended to watch was season 3 and episode 8 (mission teams of course) and later finding it on Netflix. plus, i was such a episode picky and i had to skip other episodes from season 2. The season 2 focuses on more Chase, Astra and other S2 newcomers onto the series, Rather than other Characters whom are from S1. Season 3 was not that my type of thing but there are some episodes that are really funny to watch or maybe embarrassing. season 4 is also my favorite part through out the series + Jett having a character development in here (since he acts more mature during last part of season three and the whole entire season four). Season five is just like season 3 but somehow they removed Mira and added a Villain named Goldenboy. GB is really a Funny yet unserious more than Billy Willy (Movie villain) But there are some Episodes that he shows his "Good side" and moreover, Season 5 is really not my favorite too. Season 6 was not the type/favorite season in which they somehow made Jett a legendary super wing at a young age??? The voice acting was horrible (which i couldn’t hear even if i’m wearing headphones) and the music was loud i couldn’t even hear what are they talking about. finally Season 7 (Spoilers warning) was MY favorite part in which they made Jerome come back in the series and i also LOVED seeing spoilers and being spoiled before anyone could see (lol) i can’t tell you the season 8 because english version might come out on 2025. and aside from that, The movie was AWESOME because how perfectly written Jett was there??? i mean he got teased by his friends/made fun of him at the beginning and slowly gets recognized by everyone! also the plot twist between Jett and Billy willy was great! This show made me cry into tears for how great this one! i do recommend to watch this silly airplane show for everyone who’s fan of plane aviation or something related plane stuff like that. 12.5/10 this shows great.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (37 ):
Kids say (5 ):

With Jett at the controls, the world is a kid's classroom in this charming series that introduces them to the planet's cultural diversity. At each stop, viewers learn about how the local people live, dress, eat, and play, all through the characters' interactions within the story. It's such a natural learning experience that kids won't even realize they're absorbing a wealth of cultural knowledge just by watching. Even geographical references are made in a way that this age group can understand with ease, thanks to simple illustrations of recognizable landmarks (the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, and so on) on a globe.

The characters' experiences also teach kids about working together and thinking creatively to solve problems. Sometimes that's achieved by Jett and his new friends alone, but more often it requires the help of one or more of his Super Wings friends, which reminds kids that even the most capable of us needs assistance at some point.

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