A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
- Parents say
- Kids say
Cheesy, Campy, Occasionally Scary, Often Dull, but Overall Empowering Fun for Girls (So Long as You Watch and Talk With Them)
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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