Superman: The Animated Series

TV review by
Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Is it a bird or a plane? No, it's a super series!

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

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Positive Messages

Themes include integrity and courage.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Superman is a noble role model who defends the greater good.

Violence & Scariness

Very little bloodshed, but fairly frequent fistfights that often result in death.

Sexy Stuff

Some innuendoes, and some female characters have slightly risque body language and attire.


Lots of dry humor -- nothing inappropriate, but over the head of some kids.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Superman: The Animated Series is a mature, serious take on the Man of Steel. Although not quite as dark as other DC Comics spin-offs -- such as Batman Beyond and Justice League -- this adaptation still has its share of edgier content, including some innuendoes and violence.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written bydanny 7000 August 29, 2017

superman the animated series is not for kids

superman the animated series is not for kids because theres a villain in the show called nanny goodness who torturted and brainwashed some kids super man rips s... Continue reading
Parent Written byroshanb March 15, 2016


great show
Teen, 14 years old Written byKingRobert December 25, 2017


I liked the first episode to this show.
Teen, 13 years old Written byThe Superhero Nerd November 11, 2017


I was pleasantly surprised how good this was. Superman is great. Lois is also pretty awesome. Cartoon violence is the only thing in it. Great role models. Hope... Continue reading

What's the story?

SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES recounts the adventures of Krypton and Metropolis' favorite son: Superman (aka Clark Kent). Originally broadcast on The WB from 1996-2000, the series still runs in repeats and is available on DVD; the strong voiceover cast includes Timothy Daly as Superman/Clark Kent, Dana Delaney as Lois Lane, and Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor. Superman: The Animated Series features classic good vs. evil storylines that explore all aspects of the hero's history, including Clark Kent's working relationship with fellow reporter Lois Lane and Superman's deadly vulnerability to Kryptonite. The series also delves deeply into the sagas that take place on the planet Krypton and spotlights classic villains like Brainiac and Lex Luthor, who seek vengeance on Metropolis and the Man of Steel.

Is it any good?

Overall, though Superman is a strong role model, there are a few red flags to watch out for in this show. Although blood isn't shed very often, fistfights and death are equal in ratio to happy endings in Superman: The Animated Series. There's some slight sexual innuendo, mainly in the form of the female characters' attire and body language. Speaking of language, the dialogue is clean, although the humor is a little dry and could easily sail over a kid's head.

That being said, Superman's character symbolizes nobility in our popular culture, and he's always defending the greater good. Most notably, he has an extraordinarily high level of integrity -- he doesn't resort to physical harm unless he absolutely has to (definitely a good example for kids!).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about heroism in Superman: The Animated Series. What makes Superman heroic? Does he fight for the greater good? Who's your favorite super hero? How can someone without special powers be a hero?

  • How does Superman demonstrate courage in Superman: The Animated Series? Why is this an important character strength?

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