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Superman: The Animated Series

Is it a bird or a plane? No, it's a super series!
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Themes include integrity and courage.

Positive role models

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.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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!).

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:September 6, 1996
Cast:Clancy Brown, Dana Delany, Tim Daly
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures
Character strengths:Courage
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent of a 1 and 3 year old Written byBarbietsah November 6, 2013

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You really should be there to guide your child through the messages. They can muddy things. I also think that this is really JUST entertainment...the positive messages are not obvious and that is why a parent should be there to lead the viewing experience.
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Great messages
Great role models
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Teen, 15 years old Written byMitchell Charleston June 17, 2013

Classic Superman cartoon.

Superman: The Animated Series will always be a classic in my book. Nice animation, very good voice acting, and everything.
Kid, 12 years old August 27, 2009

superman is the best

I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!! awesome show the 1 and 2 seasons were really good. the 1 and 2 seasons are good for 9+ BUT THE 3 SEASON IS WAY TO VIOLENT FOR A KIDS SHOW I AND I AM 12 AND I GOT freaked out AT SOME senes the 3 season is for 11+
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models