Wonder Woman

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Campy '70s superhero show has mild action, strong woman.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

This show is intended to entertain, not educate, though kids might learn a bit about 1970s cars and fashion.

Positive Messages

Good always triumphs over evil, though usually through the use of force.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Diana/Wonder Woman is shown as a powerful and competent woman who stands out as the rare female superhero. Many victims are powerless women.

Violence & Scariness

There is mild and cartoonish violence in each episode, i.e. "bad guys" are knocked down rather than shot, but there is always some type of fight scene.

Sexy Stuff

Some attention is paid to romance; characters sometimes give each other pecks on the lips. Wonder Woman's costume leaves little to the imagination.

Language

Villains on the show may use occasional insults: "You fool!"

Consumerism

Wonder Woman merchandise is available, though not as popular as it was in the 1970s when the show originally aired.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Villains on the show may theatrically smoke a pipe, and rarely characters are shown in a bar with drinks on the table.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wonder Woman is a relatively gentle outing in the superhero genre, as well as one of the rare ones with a female at its center. Episodes have a minimum of dialogue, and a maximum of showy action scenes, often with sci fi or fantasy elements, that may be attractive to grade schoolers and young tweens. But parents might be concerned with how sexualized Wonder Woman is, in her tiny costume and with men making many comments on her beauty, as well as with the mostly mild and campy fight scenes that occur on each show.

User Reviews

Parent of a 6 year old Written bysteam23 May 18, 2015

Watch it with your kid

You're going to need to be explaining some of the politics and background history about the Nazis. Other than that, a good time!
Parent Written byChristie B August 31, 2017

Cheesy, Campy, Occasionally Scary, Often Dull, but Overall Empowering Fun for Girls (So Long as You Watch and Talk With Them)

To begin with, the plots will go over most children's heads. Honestly, I sometimes get bored and lose track myself. It's just bad writing on some ep... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 3, 2017

MY FAVORITE SHOW IN THE WORLD!!!

I have grown up on Wonder Woman. I don't like any other versions of her, only the seventies version. Lynda Carter was awesome and still is:) I love her the... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byPoppy.bath February 25, 2016

so cliche so funny!

such a great show for a laugh! used to watch when i was little and have always loved it! even though its so 70s i was always inspired by wonder woman! really cl... Continue reading

What's the story?

Based on the DC comic book series, WONDER WOMAN is sheer campy, cheesecake-y fun. Lynda Carter is Diana Prince, an ageless Amazon from a mysterious island in the Bermuda Triangle who has come to America to solve mysteries and subvert evil. The first season hewed to the comic's original war setting with Nazis as the enemy. Subsequent seasons brought the action up to the then-current day, which freed Wonder Woman to explore all kinds of wacky seventies-type plots: mind control, robot dogs, adventures set at theme parks and rollerskating rinks. It's all very silly, possibly a little too sexy and violent, but pretty fun to watch with kids, if only to show them the crazy shows Mom and Dad used to like.

Is it any good?

It's wonderful seeing a woman who is both noble and powerful, more powerful, in fact, than any of the show's villains, as she proves over and over again. It's less wonderful that she's wearing a teeny-weeny costume while she's doing it. And that while she's shown as strong, she's often called upon to rescue "powerless" women victims.

Nonetheless, Wonder Woman is lots of fun. Kids and parents will enjoy laughing together over the cheesy sets and costumes, as well as the silly sci fi/fantasy plot elements. The show's particularly great whenever any of Wonder Woman's Amazon relatives appear, or when Wonder Woman must pay a visit to her Paradise Island.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Wonder Woman's tendency to tie up, push down, or otherwise subdue the show's villains by force. Is physical force the only way to get someone to do what you want them to do? If everyone uses physical force, how can you tell the bad guys from the good guys?

  • Can you think of any other female superheroes? Why or why not? Why are women usually presented as needing rescue rather than rescuers in television shows and movies?

  • Would Wonder Woman's outfit be a good one for fighting crime? Why or why not? Why is Wonder Woman's costume so much smaller and more revealing than Superman's or Batman's? What would you like to wear if you were a superhero?

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