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The Cape



Live-action comic book serves up violence and a lame plot.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Truth, justice, and family are the three most important values at play. Some evil deeds go undetected, but there's a sense that bad guys will pay in the end.

Positive role models

Good guys and bad guys are clearly defined, and although the Cape uses violence to defend himself, his primary motivations are eradicating corruption and clearing his name (as well as to teach his young son not to run from a fight).


Mid-level fantasy violence with minimal blood, in the form of punching, shooting, poisoning, and explosions, etc.


Some mild sexual tension between characters, along with some kissing.


Infrequent use of words like "damn."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Infrequent social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the main character in this superhero series uses violence to defend himself in a dangerous world that's rife with corruption. But even though there are intense explosions, shootings, and hand-to-hand combat, there's surprisingly little blood. There's also some infrequent, low-level swearing, mostly in the form of "damn," and some mild allusions to sex and social drinking.

What's the story?

When he's framed for the murder of the Palm City police chief, dedicated cop Vince Farraday (David Lyons) allows the world to believe he's dead while he transforms himself into THE CAPE, a crime-fighting superhero sprung from the pages of his son's favorite comic book. After training with a troupe of underground circus performers (led by Keith David), the newly minted Cape steels himself for confrontation with notorious villain Chess -- aka Peter Fleming (James Frain), the cunning head of a powerful corporation that's slowly taking over the city's law enforcement duties, with plans to ultimately take total control. But the Cape isn't alone is in his fight, thanks to help from a shadowy blogger who calls herself the Oracle (Summer Glau).

Is it any good?


If you plan to watch The Cape, loving the comic book genre is practically a prerequisite. Because it’s not like the writing, plot, or characters will win you over on their own -- and, more importantly, the show fails to create a world or relatable characters that feel grounded in any sort of humanity.

Swallowing the fact that the head of a powerful corporation moonlights as a serpent-eyed villain and cavorts with scaly thugs is one thing. But accepting the show’s hero as a do-gooder who trains with an underground circus troupe -- complete with a pint-sized strongman and a ringleader sensei who uses far too many awkward circus metaphors -- might be more than even the most ardently devoted genre fans can accept.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way this show portrays the world in terms of power, corruption, and corporate influence. Are there really clear-cut "good guys" and "bad guys" out there, or can people be a little of both? Could any of these events actually happen in real life?

  • Why do fictional superheroes continue to hold widespread appeal in television, movies, and graphic novels? If you were a superhero, what would your cause be? What powers would you need to help you achieve it?

  • How does this series compare to other shows on the air about superheroes? What does it do differently?

  • Is the Cape a role model?

TV details

Cast:David Lyons, James Frain, Summer Glau
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 11 years old February 2, 2011

Should not be TV-14

Actually, if you look up this show it is TV-14 L(Language) V(Violence). Really it should be TV-PG V. In one or two episodes someone says d--n! Not cheesy like most superhero shows. Not just for kids either. My dad loves it! Iffy for 6+.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old May 2, 2011

Very educational!

This show is very educational like Spongebob, I wish they put the educational bubble in, I like it because it has lots of action, crime fighting and drama which can make most TV shows awesome! love it! Watch it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byNico coolman April 19, 2015


This is a great show. I really enjoyed watching it, though it was quite violent. A mask was stapled to the Cape's head in the pilot. It's also pretty swear filled. D*mn is used regularly, along with b*tch and a couple others. Those are the worst, though. There is some sexuality. There are quite a lot of drug trades and drinking and smoking. violence: 4 sexuality: 2 swearing; 2 1/2 drinking, drugs, and smoking: 3 1/2
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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