Superman: The Animated Series

Common Sense Media says

Is it a bird or a plane? No, it's a super series!





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Superman is a noble role model with integrity 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.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this take on the Man of Steel is a mature, serious cartoon. 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.

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Kids say

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, Superman is a strong role model. His 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!).

That said, there are a few red flags to watch out for. Although blood isn't shed very often, fistfights and death are equal in ratio to happy endings. 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about heroism. 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?

TV details

Cast:Clancy Brown, Dana Delany, Tim Daly
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD

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Adult Written bypaulroot98 October 22, 2010

good for kids 7+ years old

love it
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
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
Adult Written bydan555 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

One of the best comic book based shows around.

This show is rated TVY7FV, not TVY7!


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