The Super Hero Squad Show

 
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So-so cartoon mixes action and lots of booger jokes.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show is intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

Even though teamwork is the key to fending off monsters and supervillains, the Super Hero Squad is often hamstrung by petty bickering. Lots of potty humor, including jokes about boogers, loogies, snot, and more than a few fart sounds.

Positive role models

These heroes aren’t quite as heroic as the typical defenders of good. They bicker and pout and tease each other frequently -- though in the end they usually manage to band together to save the day.

Violence & scariness

Lots of animated fight scenes featuring all kinds of super-powered combat, including fistfights, energy blasts, and some really wild monsters. The sequences in this tongue-in-cheek show are a bit over the top even for a cartoon and are played more for slapstick humor than for excitement.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

No bad words, but plenty of references to bodily functions.

Consumerism

The series is based on a line of action figures, which in turn is based on the popular world created by Marvel Comics. Both the series and the toys feature many of the biggest superhero (and supervillain) names in the Marvel universe.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this action-packed, tongue-in-cheek cartoon skewers the traditional image of superhero teams saving the world. The heroes in this show (all drawn from the vast Marvel Comics universe) constantly bicker over who gets to take on the villain, get caught up in petty disputes, and are just as likely to be slimed by a monster’s enormous booger as they are to be pounded by its thrashing tail (the fact that they even look more like action figures than human crimefighters makes sense, considering that the series is based on a line of toys). It’s a different take on heroism to be sure -- but it may  well appeal to kids, since the characters often act like big kids themselves ... with all the potty humor that goes along with that.

What's the story?

Guess who lives in Super Hero City? Yup, it's a whole town full of super-powered crime fighters, all drawn from the Marvel Comics universe. And you know who lives in nearby Villainville -- all the bad guys plotting to take over the world, especially the fearsome Dr. Doom (voiced by Charles Adler). But the formidable villains need an edge if they hope to take on the noble residents of Super Hero City; they need to find the fragments of the famed Infinity Sword, which can bestow nearly-limitless power. In THE SUPER HERO SQUAD SHOW, the good-guy team must find the sword pieces first if they want to stop Doom’s nefarious scheme.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This animated parody sounds like the classic Super Friends cartoons of Saturday mornings past, but it plays more like the Three (Super-powered) Stooges. The characters squabble like kids and can't seem to get enough jokes about farts, boogers, and other bodily functions. They even look a bit silly -- much more like the line of action figures upon which the series is based than the traditional trim, muscled heroes viewers are more used to seeing.

Given that the show is set in two whole towns full of comic book characters, dozens of popular Marvel creations appear, and several less-well known heroes also get name-checked. The biggest names merit most of the screen time, notably Iron Man (Tom Kenny), the Hulk (Travis Willingham), Silver Surfer (Mikey Kelly), and a few of the X-Men and Fantastic Four. All of this Marvel-mania will be fun for hardcore comic fans, but it veers awfully close to the line between entertainment and blatant cross promotion. Still, older comic fans may be entertained by the send-up of the traditional format, and while younger kids may not understand the parody elements, they’ll definitely giggle at the fart jokes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about superheroes. The heroes on this show are significantly less noble than the standard-issue crimefighter. Do you think young kids will understand that this show is supposed to be a parody?

  • The show is based on a line of toys that was based on comic books. Do you think that a show this intertwined with other products crosses the line from entertainment to commercial/promotion?

TV details

Cast:Charles Adler, David Boat, Travis Willingham
Networks:Cartoon Network, Discovery Family Channel
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Superheroes
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD

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Parent of a 3 and 8 year old Written byjeffnem September 23, 2010
 

Comical satire for the younger set.

It's fun, the violence is brief and incidental to the story, much less prevalent than your standard Bugs Bunny cartoon, where the violence was the punchline.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 9 years old November 6, 2013
 

A DISGRACE TO MARVEL!

This is THE worst show I have ever seen. Language is a problem because in a few episodes Ms.Marvel says the word "dang", which is inappropriate for any child to hear. Their voices are terrible (especially Wolverine's), and why did they have to be so small? All the vilians aren't even "vilianny".There are no good messages or even role models,and there are so many awesome heroes they didn't put,especially Spiderman. Nobody should see this show. You will be dissapointed if you do.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old January 3, 2014
 

What the absolute heck?!

Come on, Marvel! Everyone knows how you make such awesome shows with such good messages and cool characters, and you embarrassed yourself with THIS?! What a big shame. Practically everything's wrong with it. Voices, character of characters, language, sometimes outfits, and the episodes. And that annoying theme. Ugh. That's 5 things. I could go on saying exactly what's wrong with each and every character, but that's my thought in general. I do hope that you choose to NOT watch this. It's really disappointing to even the biggest Marvel fans(like me).
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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