Parents' Guide to

The Cape

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

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

TV NBC Drama 2011
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Fun family show especially for our 2 boys

We've only watched a few episodes on Netflix - but my kids aged 7 and almost 11 love this. My husband and I are enjoying it too. I believe "The Cape" is a positive role model, trying to do good and protect his family. Yes, there is violence - but considering the movies/tv shows out there today - I believe the violence is mild!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
age 6+

Writing failed to keep up with the character potential

Used to like The Cape, but it has gotten too violent (2/28) had to turn it off and I am an adult an adult with no little kids - the writing used to be clever and fun, but now it relies only on beatings and blood -- no laughs at all. Too bad because it had real potential when it first started - the writing was unusual and interesting, but apparently the writers are now taking the easy way out and have gotten lazy. Too bad..

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (10 ):

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.

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