Young Justice

 
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Former sidekicks battle villains in action-packed cartoon.

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
Language
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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
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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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Bruce Greenwood, Danica McKellar, Phil LaMarr
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Superheroes
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 12 years old April 4, 2011
 
Very Good.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Great messages
Great role models
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.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written bymaxbush June 13, 2013
 

sidekicks

I think cool how Dc is taking sidekicks & giving them they own show
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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