The Cape

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Live-action comic book serves up violence and a lame plot.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 10 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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 & Representations

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."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Infrequent social drinking.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 and 11-year-old Written byklwco December 10, 2011

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... Continue reading
Parent of a 16-year-old Written byjcfclark February 28, 2011

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 a... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 24, 2014

not good or appropiot

violence: 3
sexuality: 2
Cussing: 2
Drinking, Drugs, and Smoking: 2

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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