TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Entertaining '90s cartoon mixes battles, teamwork.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 9 reviews

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Positive Messages

Due to the X-Men's differences from "regular" people -- the X-Men are all mutants who've developed amazing superpowers -- they're frequently subjected to bigotry and racism. This animosity often leads to violence, though the X-Men are careful to avoid using their abilities to harm others. They're also a pretty diverse bunch.

Violence & Scariness

Plenty of cartoon clashes involving a variety of superpowers. One of the main characters, Wolverine, fights with very sharp blades that emerge from his forearms and seems to relish hand-to-hand combat. The X-Men sometimes take on humans without powers -- who use guns, grenades, and other weapons instead. Despite all the fighting, there's no blood and very few injuries.

Sexy Stuff

No sex, though some of the female heroes wear moderately suggestive costumes.


The show doesn't promote any specific brands other than the X-Men themselves -- that said, they've become an extremely popular franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this 1990s cartoon has plenty of animated fantasy/weapons violence, as well as some positive messages about teamwork. The X-Men are mutants who've developed amazing superpowers and have dedicated their lives to using their abilities to help others -- despite the fact that they're frequently subjected to bigotry from some vocal groups of "normal" people, who claim that mutants aren't human and should be exterminated. It's a simple, but powerful, metaphor for racism. The X-Men a diverse bunch drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds, and the huge variety of their powers requires them to work effectively as a team when battling their enemies.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byConcerned Motherhood November 3, 2020

Amazing show my husband watched as a kid and so did my son when he was younger

No problems with inapropriatness but I'm just going to say it's VERY good. My husband watched it as a kid, and when my 13 year old was younger, he lov... Continue reading
Adult Written byAllAges August 13, 2020

The best filmic adaptation of the X-Men.

Better stories than the films, and more accessible for families.
Kid, 11 years old October 19, 2020

Good show

I think kids should watch this before all of the more intense movies like Avengers. I watched Avengers at 5 and was fine but This show is actually pretty good s... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byHi345 August 13, 2019

More Mature Than You Might Think

An amazing fun, action, packed adventure show. With a surprising amount of a sexual references and romanc. A lot of positive messages are hidden under the surfa... Continue reading

What's the story?

Professor Charles Xavier (voiced by Cedric Smith) is the founder of a very special school where he trains mutants to become the X-MEN, a team of powerful superheroes. His students -- who have all developed amazing powers -- have a wide range of abilities. There's Wolverine (Cathal Dodd), who can extend a set of razor-sharp blades from his forearms; Jean Grey (Catherine Disher), a powerful telepath; Cyclops (Norm Spencer), who shoots energy beams from his eyes; and Storm (Alison Sealy-Smith), who can control the weather. Under Xavier's guidance, they learn to control their talents and work together to combat evil.

Is it any good?

Based on the very popular Marvel Comics series, this anmiated show -- which originally aired from 1992 to 1997 -- places a strong emphasis on teamwork. The X-Men all have amazing, but very specific, powers. None of them is a Superman, and they must cooperate to fight effectively against their toughest enemies.

The show stays true to the comic books, including the original story's strong current of anti-mutant bigotry. The world of the X-Men is filled with mutants, some more powerful than others, some who look quite average, and others who don't even look human. All of them face considerable enmity from some groups of "normal" people who distrust mutants and consider them a threat to humanity. This simple metaphor for racism is a fairly adult theme for a show aimed at young people, but it's presented in a way that even kids will be able to understand.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about bigotry. Why are the X-Men persecuted? Do you think that's fair? Is it at all comparable to racism in the real world? Also, how do you think the violence in this cartoon compares to other animated superhero shows? What about to the live-action X-Men movies? Kids: If you were to become a mutant, what kind of powers would you like?

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