Young Justice

TV review by
Matt Springer, Common Sense Media
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Former sidekicks battle villains in action-packed cartoon.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 43 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational value

No overt educational messages, aside from the positive role modeling of superheroes.

Positive messages

Teamwork, taking personal initiative, and proving worth by example are strong messages put forth by this team of former sidekicks.

Positive role models & representations

While the lead heroes do take personal responsibility for their actions, a key conflict in their adventures often involves the disobeying of authority figures.

Violence & scariness

Though there's no blood, there's a great deal of physical violence of the superheroes vs. supervillains variety. A few characters use weapons, including an archer who wields a bow and arrow and another character who throws sharp spinning blades.

Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism

These characters are already prominently featured on a wide range of merchandise from other series and their longtime appearances as comic book characters. A show-centered line of action figures, school supplies, and other products is inevitable.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this animated series based on DC Comics characters packs in a great deal of superhero action, likely to be imitated by any "little heroes" who become fans of the series. Punching, kicking, and jumping (and a few weapons, including bow and arrow and sharp spinning blades) is the order of the day for this action-driven cartoon, which otherwise provides traditional superhero storytelling along with positive messages about personal responsibility that are bound to entertain adventure-hungry kids.

User Reviews

Parent of a 9 and 15 year old Written byCollegeGirl_Kid... July 10, 2012

Season One GREAT! Season Two...Better take a second look...

Season One is great. There are great role models like Aqualad (who is even minded, wise, and always knows the right thing even when the choice is difficult), t... Continue reading
Adult Written bystewartmark885 May 3, 2015

Didyou readly cancelled young justice and put on teen titans go

Young Justice was one of the best show on the CN and what do you do you cancelled it one of best your show that was just dumb and Why did you cancelled young ju... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byarthur16morgana May 28, 2011

hi

This show is actually really good.Teen Titans will always be better in my opinion,but i do enjoy watching this.
Teen, 15 years old Written bymaxbush June 13, 2013

sidekicks

I think cool how Dc is taking sidekicks & giving them they own show

What's the story?

Based on a comic book series of the same name, YOUNG JUSTICE chronicles the coming-of-age adventures for a group of prominent superhero sidekicks -- Robin (voiced by Jesse McCartney), Kid Flash (Jason Spisak), Aqualad (Khary Payton), Arrowette (Stephanie Lemelin), and Miss Martian (Danica McKellar). They face down typical world-threatening challenges while also emerging from the shadows of the adult heroes who have trained them.

Is it any good?

For many years, Warner Bros. animation studios have churned out a continuous stream of exceptional series based on DC Comics properties. Young Justice is another series in that vein, with a style closer to the cartoonish realism of Justice League Unlimited than the anime-inspired Teen Titans Go!

With more than 70 years of comic books to draw from, the storytelling in Young Justice has plenty of imagination, and the characters provide dependable touchstones for young viewers -- the impatient speedster, the sly computer hacker, the stoic strongman. Superboy (voiced by Nolan North) is based on the comics' most recent incarnation (he's a clone of the adult Superman) and returns the character to its roots as an alien trying to fit in, which is one of the all-time great metaphors for the awkwardness of childhood and the teenage years. Young Justice provides a dose of sharp animated action for superhero fans of all ages.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the show presents violence between the heroes and villains. Is violence ever a good way to resolve conflict? Would other approaches have worked in the show?

  • What do you think is the best approach when you believe an authority figure is wrong about something? How would you approach that situation?

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